From the show:
From the brawny castles of 16th Century France, to the rugged plains of 1960s Idaho, to the strapping fortresses of 1920s India, all hail the remarkable stories of Great Men! — and their whiny, witchy, vapid, vengeful, jealous wives. In this kaleidoscopic, time-hopping comedy, Jaclyn Backhaus pushes past patriarchal cliché to reach an ecstatic breakthrough, untethering stories and history — and language itself — from the visions made by men.
See it if you can. This is a wildly entertaining show that manages to both split your sides and crack your mind wide open.
Don't see it if you're expecting something stuffy and buttoned up. This show's raucous energy manages to bolster the dramatic punch it packs.
See it if Four time period about women in comedy form (modern language).
Don't see it if Light weight show. Ending does not fit.
Also Enjoyed watching but the last scene it did not fit in the show to me.
See it if you enjoy good acting, funny & witty moments; interesting take on the treatment of women through the years; some laugh out loud moments.
Don't see it if you are looking for consistency amongst the three vignettes; third vignette seems out of place; don't appreciate satire or lots of cursing.
See it if 4 interrelated, skit-like shorts by Backhaus; 1 w/ a hilarious Hemingway parody that will be most appreciated by women who love Hemingway.
Don't see it if you’ve no tolerance for affected irreverence. Too little time to develop intimacy that would make the serious parts authentically impactful.
See it if A mixed bag. The stories of 3 wives at different eras. Some vignettes worked and were entertaining. Game performances.
Don't see it if Others did not. A bit confusing as to who was who. The vignette at "Oxbridge" University was a little too obvious.
See it if 4 short vignettes of the theme of "wives" throughout times. Quirky style - eg modern language in a 1600's setting.
Don't see it if You want one cohesive story. 3 of the 4 vignettes work well, but the 4th goes so far off that it breaks the unity of the show.
See it if Explorations in breaking the patriarchal narrative and norms with a historic, colonized not-only Western lens.Some entertaining wacky points
Don't see it if Mishmash of times, contexts, ideas, and acting styles can get confusing / too norm-breaking, subversive.
See it if Clever and fun look at women through the eras-- four short segues through time with singing dancing a lot of irreverence, some humor and
Don't see it if some piercing insights. The sets were magical and oh so clever, but the four vignettes were inconsistent and got a ittle plodding at the end
See it if you want to see a very, very funny opening scene even though it goes downhill from there; you like seeing 4 actors play different parts;
Don't see it if you expect to enjoy all four scenarios;
See it if You’re interested in a work that explores women’s roles & portrayals in history (great Hemingway wives sketch) in funny unusual ways
Don't see it if Not really a play. Three sketches, the third of which was more a pep talk for women. Never comes full circle (though tries to)
See it if You enjoy good acting, staging, lighting in a well written fun play about the plight of being a woman. Very entertaining.
Don't see it if You are a male chauvinist.
See it if You want to see an exploration of human behavior soul searching interesting
Don't see it if You want to confront a troublesome subject
See it if you like plays that are comments on gender roles and done with a light witty style. The settings keep moving. Small cast keeps it fun.
Don't see it if you want a traditional narrative play with a big cast and sets. This presents big ideas within a smaller frame.
See it if you'd like to see historical matters told from the point of view of the women (wives) of the time.
Don't see it if you're expecting a complete, coherent, experience. This feels more like work in progress.
See it if You love anachronistic, feminist witchy theater happenings that know where they've come from and are burning brightly towards somewhere.
Don't see it if You need clear traditional narratives and/or approaches to history/theater. You need answers spelled out. You think history is great men.
See it if It's a wonderful example of modern storytelling of a plot you know. And although you know the ending, it hits you like a punch in the gut.
Don't see it if if you don't like modern takes on an old tale. It's difficult to come up with a reason someone wouldn't like this show.
See it if Backhaus' sharp, lazer beam view of history thru "her-story" eyes Funny, poignant, very well acted (esp Adina Verson) it's wildly ambitious
Don't see it if Starts off very strong (esp the 'wives of Earnest Hemingway') w/tart, pungent writing but gets derailed w/spacey female empowerment ending
See it if a series of 4 feminist-themed sketches, 1 of them brilliant, 3 of them not, sounds to you like a worthwhile evening in the theater.
Don't see it if you are looking for play that integrates its parts.
See it if Significant others(not all spouses) frustrated at their oppressive lot in life,cross time periods to make a statement in sketch comedy form.
Don't see it if History books weren't recording them, but the ladies were there, too.Playwright attempts to bring attention and right this wrong, but fails.