Members say: Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

About the show

In Susan Glaspell's classic one-act drama, an isolated small-town community is deeply troubled when a well-respected farmer is strangled to death in his own bed, and his timid wife is arrested for the sinister crime.

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As the men search the Wrights’ farmhouse for clues, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale wait in the one room deemed to be unimportant to the investigation: the kitchen. But what the two women discover as they wait not only could solve the case: it could profoundly change the course of both of their lives. A blend of murder mystery and social commentary, 'Trifles' thoughtfully examines traditional gender roles in early 20th century American life and explores how these ideas are still hauntingly relevant today.

As part of the 'Telling Trifles' festival, each performances of 'Trifles' will be followed by a free performance or workshop of a new play inspired by 'Trifles' or the playwright Susan Glaspell. For more information, consult
Hunger and Thirst's website.


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90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you enjoy beautiful nuggets of writing with well-acted characters.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy one acts and need everything stated out in the open.

70
Interesting, Well-acted

See it if You like rural, historical mysteries that intersect with gender politics

Don't see it if you are looking for a substantial play. It was very short and bare bones

82
Clever, Strong acting, Timeless ( unfortunately), Brillant lost playwright, Short one-act

See it if You want to see an insightful play about women's solidarity & experiences. Susan Glaspell's work is underproduced given their importance.

Don't see it if You would get irritated by somewhat cliched male characters

Also This was fine but low cost production - the female actors were quite g... Read more Read less

81
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Slow, Entertaining, Intriguing

See it if you enjoy murder mysteries and are interested in seeing shows that are set in the early 20th century.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of one act plays or of shows that take place in the past.

60
Seems like a quaint relic in the hands of a green cast

See it if you like shorts. 3 new Glaspell-inspired works follow Trifles. They are less pioneering but more entertaining.

Don't see it if Even though this story’s regularly revived on Law & Order and PBS Masterpiece Mysteries, this production highlights the play's datedness.

Also 3 playlets were presented after intermission. Trifles itself seemed sl... Read more Read less

60
Banal, Slow, Dated

See it if An earnest production, but mostly of historical interest. Does not hold up for characters, insights, plot.

Don't see it if Seemed more like a snippet than a fully developed one-act play.

74
Intelligent, Still relevant, Written 100 years ago, Classic early feminist drama

See it if Men investigating a murder get nowhere while women solve the crime by examining trifles.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in a small production of a classic.

88
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Subtle, Very short, A discovery

See it if You are interested in resuscitating a little-know woman playwright and enjoy nuanced scripts and acting.

Don't see it if An abrupt ending that leaves you wanting more will bother you.

Also Makes me want to know what else she wrote. A feminist at work.

71
Thought-provoking

See it if Great opportunity to see a classic short play by a very talented female writer.

Don't see it if You want a full length play. The evening is filled out with a contemporary mini play which was very good the night I went.

84
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Historical, Modest

See it if you are a theater buff: this is a good production of an important, infrequently performed play by America’s 1st important woman playwright.

Don't see it if you don’t much care for 1-acts, or for semi-obscure plays rooted in another era.

Also This program by Hunger & Thirst Theatre pairs Susan Glaspell’s histori... Read more Read less

76
Great acting, Intense, Entertaining, Intimate drama in an interesting space.

See it if You like mysterious, intense dramas in intimate settings

Don't see it if You do not like dramas

70
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Short

See it if u like under appreciated female voices in American theater history. Mixed bag in terms of acting performance, but female leads were great.

Don't see it if You're expecting a full-length evening of work. It's a one act. Left us wanting more.

85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if Want to see the work of an early feminist writer

Don't see it if Want a lengthy play

Also The speaker afterwards was boring and read directly from her notes and... Read more Read less

68
Relevant, Slow

See it if You want to see a rarely performed early work

Don't see it if If you have no exposure to the show and won't know what you've missed.

Also I guess now is the time I should mention I love this play, and have si... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if If you enjoy short plays that are thought-provoking and deceptively simple with some great acting and writing!

Don't see it if You like only main-stream theatre that is commercial as this is in a lovely theatre in a church uptown and intimate.

80
Absorbing, with some very good acting

See it if See it if you want to see a period piece with relevance today, based on true events that will stay with you.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you want a longer play for your money.

Also The play is based on an event that the playwright covered as a journal... Read more Read less

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You’d like a unique opportunity to see a well written and acted play by a long forgotten excellent playwright

Don't see it if You do not enjoy shows from another era or need a more lengthy show

85
Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging, Short

See it if you want proper staging ang great blocking with great acting.

Don't see it if you don’t want to spend time and trouble going uptown for just a short as in short production.

70
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you binge-watched The Handmaid's Tale. Even though the play was written almost a century ago, it still feels relevant today.

Don't see it if you need spectacle. It's a very simple production.


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