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 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 you like to explore the role of women in relationships throughout history and different parts of the world
Don't see it if You want a linear plot throughout the whole show, and not thematically tied short plays
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 The first 2 scenes were very funny and clever. Great performances.
Don't see it if The 3rd scene had nothing to do with wives, nor with the flow of the other 2. It's absurd, not about wives and very cliched.
See it if to see 4 brave, talented actors yuk it up & try to hold together a trifling historical comedy about the chronic marginalization of women.
Don't see it if u hope for a sharp comedy (or even a mildly funny one!); u expect a play that "subverts patriarchal narrative" to actually feel empowering.
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.
See it if you like witty dialogue and some very funny scenes. The play has a lot of potential but it needs work done.
Don't see it if you like a show where all the scenes work together.
See it if You find it absolutely hilarious (like some in the audience) when the women call each other "b*tch" or keep saying the F word over & over.
Don't see it if You can't make any sense (like me) of who these 3 women & 1 guy were supposed to be. 4 different scenes & they're different people in each?
See it if You can get out after the first two vignettes. Steep downhill after that.
Don't see it if As others have noted, the King Henri and Hemingway's wives pieces were mildly amusing.
See it if You like genre-bending, searing comedy that explores gender roles and self-conception across time, place, and culture. Witty writing.
Don't see it if Actors playing multiple characters in different scenes isn't your thing. Non-linear narratives with a clear normative thrust disturb you.
See it if Funny skit of Ernest Hemingway's wives dissing the author and all he represents.But that's just 1/4 of the show.
Don't see it if You don't wanna to see a work very much "in progress". Three SNL skits leading to a very self-indulgent and puzzling finish.