Already closed | 1h 45m | East Village

The Cover of Life

From 44 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Absorbing

About the show

Set in 1943, this drama revolves around three young brides with husbands at war, and the female reporter assigned to write their cover story for Life Magazine.

Tood, Weetsie, and Sybill are brides in rural Louisiana. Each married a Cliffert brother. The men are off to war and a local news story about these young wives keeping the home fires burning intrigues Henry Luce. He decides that they belong on the cover of Life Magazine and assigns Kate Miller to the story. She has been covering the war in Europe and, though she views doing a "women's piece" as a career set-back, she accepts because it will be her first cover story. Kate spends a week with the Cliffert women and her haughty urban attitude gives way to sympathy as she begins to understand them while coming face-to-face with her own powerlessness in a man's world.

1h 45m | Already closed | Gene Frankel Theatre (East Village)

Member Reviews (44)


Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Absorbing
Avg Score

Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Excruciating, Fluffy

See it if you like a story about women going through ww2 period in the south.

Don't see it if Its about 25 minute to long, acting is okay, story line is weak as is the staging.

Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Charmless, Long

See it if you’re really pining for a little Southern charm (very little).

Don't see it if slice-of-life period Americana featuring a totally charmless dysfunctional extended Southern white family is not your cup of ice tea.

Also The play begins like a dated movie about a wartime Southern family &, ... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you like to reflect re: times of yore. LIfe Magazine was was a major pubicati of the times. WW 2 was THE EVENT in the 40's.. (see more)

Don't see it if You need a musical and do not want to go back in time. The score was the average partners % & my 8%

Also Women AT HOME during the war had limited options and this play shows s... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if you would enjoy being placed in the 1940's in the south with a strong cast to witness daily life interrupted by the media giant of the day!

Don't see it if you are not willing to spend time with character development and the complications that are faced during the time of war & simpler days.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if you wish to see a powerful drama about problems women faced during WW2. The dialogue is excellent and the performances powerful.

Don't see it if you like comedy or do not like discussions of women's problems. Some of the transitions between scenes are abrupt.

Also The performances of the ladies and one man are masterful. It is very r... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a play set in 1945 in a little town in Louisiana and how their lives were affected when their men went to war.

Don't see it if You're not interested in what goes on in women's lives when their men go off to war.

Also There was so much being said in this performance if you listen. You ma... Read more Read less

Interesting story, Uneven acting, Editing needed, Good effort

See it if You're interested in a family story set during WWII. The writing and acting were somewhat uneven, but with moments of brilliance.Worthwhile.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in women's life stories, historic plays, or off-off Broadway productions.


See it if You think NYC needs more community caliber theater.I gave this a 30 because 3 of the actors weren't bad.Obviously a rent-a-theater scenario

Don't see it if Play is pretty corny but might have been salvaged by a real director. Everything about this production is amateurish.

Absorbing, Intense, Resonant, Riveting, Feminist

See it if You're interested in the story of women relating to each other and coming into their own in the 1940s.

Don't see it if You are triggered by guns, infertility, or Southern accents.

Also After Act 1, I was skeptical of the choice to focus on the least inter... Read more Read less

Great acting, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You must see every treatment of the homefront in WWII. You're a fan of good acting and strong female roles

Don't see it if you want a light evening in the theatre. With luck it will get tightened up Its about 20 minutes too long

Ambitious, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy nostalgic family dramas

Don't see it if you're looking for a profound script or a happy musical

Also It picked up a little in the 2nd act but needed stronger direction.

Slow, Endless character development, And list first act

See it if You have lots of patients for character development and a good attention span

Don't see it if Your Sleepy

Disappointing, Slow, Good costumes, Great concept

See it if Don't. An engaging idea, poorly executed. Good cast. Bad script. Choppy. Terrible direction. Bad lighting. And much too long at 2 hrs.

Don't see it if So disappointing. Sympathetic characters. Actors deserved better dialog and smoother scene changes.

Thought-provoking, Strong perfromances, Nice set

See it if you want to step back in time and see how life differed for women who were more subjected to the whims of the men in their life.

Don't see it if want a fast paced show because this one is slow but thoughtfully done.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a nice historical drama that addresses women.

Don't see it if You want a completely polished show that is too long.

Disappointing, Slow, Uneven acting, Amateurish production

See it if You know someone in the cast-to see some young talent with potential. Other than that skip. Interesting story but script needs much editing.

Don't see it if Want to see a pro production- this feels amateurish with very uneven acting and directing/scene transitions that at times are painful

Also This is an interesting story but needs editing and better direction an... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to support amature community theaters or you want a simple, unpretentious, inexpensive alternative to broadway.

Don't see it if you're looking for a big broadway type of experience

Ambitious, Disappointing, Intense, Slow, Cliched

See it if your desire to see a show about three sisters married to three brothers in Louisiana during WWII trumps seeing a polished, coherent play

Don't see it if you are looking for a well-written play with great dialogue and a compelling narrative. The actors deserved better material.

Also I really wanted to like this play. The premise was interesting and I w... Read more Read less

Great writing, Notstalgic yet relevant, Well developed characters, Good acting, Entertaining

See it if Well written women's play w/ something for everyone. Exceptional well developed characters with wonderful actors portraying them.

Don't see it if You don't like period piece from the south in the 1940 in a charming intimate theater. great evolving characters beautiful brought to life.

Also Well worth going! ... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You're more interested in writing than performance, you want to think about the role of women/spouses at home during war.

Don't see it if You only like highly-polished shows or you don't want to think while at the theater.

Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if You think NYC needs more community caliber theater. There were a few good actors however most were not

Don't see it if You only like polished plays. The directing was terrible and even the bad actors deserved better with the script

Slow, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You like off-off theater where everyone is trying very hard but not quite there yet, still working to make the play work and women's plays

Don't see it if You are impatient with inexperienced actors who don't project the words well, don't like small dramas and enigmatic scenes

Also In the end, this was very disappointing. The director seemed to have s... Read more Read less

Excruciating, Slow, over acted

See it if your family member is in the cast. Otherwise, don't.

Don't see it if You like good theatre. This is gawd-awful!

Also I understand a badly written play (such as this one) being produced as... Read more Read less

Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Dated, Thought-provoking

See it if Like historical fiction, theater that explores human emotion over a continuous conflict, or like women's theater.

Don't see it if You don't want slow paced theater, or don't like off off Broadway productions or drama shows.


See it if You'd like a show about women wanting to take up space

Don't see it if You want something very polished

March 12th, 2018
"While the character of Sybil is written to be interesting, Callahan comes off as lazy and flat instead of languid...Even when she is tragic, she is boring. Luckily, as Weetsie and Tood, Milner-Sweetser and Carillo more than make up for that...The writing and directing took the time to draw out e...
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