JACK presents a remount of this new coming-of-age drama about two young female competitive fencers. More…
Mary Wallace and Athena are brave, and seventeen, and fencers, and training for the Junior Olympics. They practice together, they compete against each other, they spend their lives together. They wish they were friends.
See it if Very well acted by leads, Gardner's dramedy starts out about female empowerment but ends on the fragility of female bonding Taut staging
Don't see it if Claustrophobic at times due to play's setting & the attention to young women's needs & attitudes may feel rigid yet author's focus admirable
See it if you’re aware of how competition differs for women; liked The Wolves (snapshot progression, understated aesthetic, artificial teen dialog)
Don't see it if you like the highs & lows that usually come w/ sports narratives, are put off by not-entirely-successful naturalism
See it if you enjoy stories of girls/teens growing up; tho predictable at times, this is well-done & often rings true.
Don't see it if you need lots of drama to stay awake; yes, there is fencing action, but this is more abt relationship building btwn two teens.
See it if you want an absorbing, beautifully choreographed (fencing), genuinely funny play about the brilliance, meanness, and heart of teen girls.
Don't see it if you only like realistic drama/dialogue, you dislike seeing the ambiguity of teen friendships, you want a clear emotionally satisfying end.
See it if You enjoy funny and at times intense stories about adolescent girls. (Think The Wolves)
Don't see it if You want a bigger ensemble piece or if you don't like shows without intermissions.
See it if you value giving female stories/writers/artists the attention they deserve. You love dry humor, rapid dialog and wonderful deadpan delivery.
Don't see it if you're not interested in teenage friendship explored onstage. If you want something larger in scale than two characters on a singular set.
See it if You witness the friendship and rivalry of two high schools. Some parts are very thoughtful, other parts hilarious
Don't see it if you don't like simple staging and dialogue heavy plays
See it if you want a real, honest, nuanced exploration of the complexities and power of friendships and rivalries between teenage girls
Don't see it if See it. Absolutely see it.
See it if You want to be immersed in a story of teenage ambition, friendship, loneliness, and so much more.
Don't see it if You don't like contemporary references or, well, fencing.