Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Resonant
About the Show
Part of FringeNYC: The intimate lives of two women from their youth to the last moments of their shared time together.
Categories: Drama, FringeHIGH, National. From Created at The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr. Written by Tony Devaney Morinelli with Mallory Avnet,Lauren Grajewski and Elizabeth Dunham. Directed by Tony Devaney Morinelli.
FROM THE ARTIST: Tea at Four is an intense drama of two women and their lives together from 1939 to 1961. The play finds its inspiration in the educational endeavors of intellectual women at a time when women of their company were discretely “unnoticed” by society. We watch the growing relationship of Catherine the daughter of Philadelphia aristocrats and Ruth, the secular daughter of Orthodox Jews. Together they face an unconquerable situation that respects no race, no religion and has no sexual prejudice.
"The time jumps are occasionally jarring and confusing, but excellently create the harsh reality a lesbian minority couple at that time would likely have faced…As Catherine and Ruth, McKamie and Grajewski have electric chemistry, and watching their relationship blossom from its first moment to its last is indeed heart-wrenching...All three talented women give the audience an intimate view of the constant flight between staying true to oneself and living in society."
"A gentle feminist work about the lifelong love between two women…It’s a seemingly small story, but is packed full of moments of painful prejudice, wrapped in a soft, warm blanket of deep love. However, I do feel that the writing can be less filled with exposition and rather more interesting dialogue…I think these young women have done a fantastic job, but I feel they can evolve the piece by investing more into helping us believe they were lovers and not just friends."