Life Force Arts presents Theresa Rebeck's timely dramedy, which explores the intricacies of wage inequality and gender roles in the workplace. More…
Set in a highly competitive architecture firm, 'What We're Up Against' is a burning examination of the complicated battle of the sexes raging across Cubicle Land. A comic yet insightful view of what it means to be female in a male-dominated career, and one woman’s response when she tires of slamming into the glass ceiling.
"'What We’re Up Against' shows how sexism remains entrenched to the bowels...Ms. Rebeck’s play is dark, timely, foulmouthed, juicy and seems like it is placed in the '50s not now, but the truth is we have not come along way baby...There are a few twists and turns that could be cleaner...Ms. Peress is a director to watch as she makes this show feel effortless. This is a company with actors to follow and a play that will have you in conversation for at least a couple of days." Full Review
"This satirical play is timely as we watch the historic battle of the sexes between presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton...Rebeck's writing, Mamet-esque and tack-sharp, is a pleasure to behold. This production, directed by Lorca Peress, is well done with standouts in the cast, Lesley McBurney as Eliza and Ean Sheehy as her smart but cowardly colleague, Ben." Full Review
"Watching the show was, for the women in the audience, a deeply frustrating experience, testament to the play’s success in portraying the sexist practices that all-too-often dominate male-centric workplaces...Though the play’s themes are explicitly portrayed, Rebeck’s nuanced writing, aided by the skill of McBurney’s performance, develops a more profound understanding of those women’s experiences...Under Lorca Peress’s direction, the performances avoid the obvious stereotyping." Full Review
See it if you like shows that are 100% relevant, well acted, well staged, and VERY well written. It's set in 1993, but is topical today.
Don't see it if you think women should stay at home and make babies. Rebeck shows us how women don't always help women in the workplace, & men rarely do.
See it if you're a woman who's run up against gender bias, so, basically every woman in America will find something that resonates here.
Don't see it if you're looking for a light comedy or easy answers. This one will stay w/ me a good long time. Loved it. Amazing set design on a budget, too.
See it if You enjoy plays that address societal issues such as women's rights and equality in the workplace. Rebeck's realistic-yet-humorous style A+
Don't see it if You are a chauvinist. You do not appreciate great writing that hooks an audience and lands a (sadly still necessary) message with power.
See it if You are interested in timely, issue oriented plays with a message that needs to be addressed and lands loud and clear. An important must see
Don't see it if If you want to go and see light and fluffy play. This is not one of those.
See it if You are passionate on the wage gap, injustice in the workplace and feminism. If you admire dedicated and energetic acting, come and see this
Don't see it if A few line fluffs and black box theater put you off.
See it if Are interested in theatre that poses questions about equal opportunities in the workplace for men and women. Good direction, lively dialogue
Don't see it if If cursing offends you or if you aren't interested in this subject matter. You didn't like Glengarry Glen Ross.
Also Nice surprise!
See it if You are intested in seeing an intelligent well-acted piece of "issue-oriented" theater-- in this case gender discrimination in the workplace
Don't see it if You have no interest in watching a play about sexual politics.
See it if If you are interested in the issues facing women in a corporate atmosphere - good acting and well developed characters
Don't see it if You like characters that fit easily in a good versus bad scenario. If you don't like drama or profanity
See it if you are a woman who has ever seen discrimination based on your gender; or you are sympathetic to same. A rather predictable plot well done.
Don't see it if you are looking for big surprises about this subject; you feel that women should shut up and quit complaining; you disbelieve in gender bias
See it if you are interested in issues that affect women in the workplace, particularly if you were in the work force in the 1990's.
Don't see it if you cannot find humor in way women were treated in the workplace in the 1990's, or you are not interested in women's issues.
See it if you can bear bracing, extended iteration of mentality and behavior made infamous for the moment by Trump. Engaging, well-acted and -written.
Don't see it if you're not receptive to the reality of women treated as second-class citizens in today's workplace or you cringe easily at f-bombs.
See it if you're interested in the (very real) challenges faced by women in the workplace
Don't see it if U can't take serious cursing, don't believe that women face discrimination, can't forgive a couple of lines that blow the ending and message
See it if You want to explore the dynamics of women & men as "equals" in a typically male work place. Good dialogue, especially in confrontations.
Don't see it if If the "war of the sexes" is not of interest, If cursing and yelling is a problem, if you want a lot of comedy in your dramedy..
See it if you like Rebeck's plays, enjoy plot twists & betrayals, appreciate what women endure in the work place, like a well crafted revenge
Don't see it if you don't like workplace dramas, dated but still relevant situations, or don't enjoy obviously issue shows
See it if You realize how difficult it continues to be for women in the workplace. Relationship between the women interesting and plausible too.
Don't see it if You're disturbed by an unsatisfying ending and long pontificating by some of the characters. Still it's important to see and talk about.
See it if you enjoy office dramas with a feminist slant. Perhaps a bit too on the nose at times, but it brings up important, topical points
Don't see it if you don't like foul-mouthed dialog and female empowerment. Some characters weren't really fully developed
See it if you enjoy topical political shows about feminism, misogyny, great acting, and rapid, snappy and smart dialogue. Shorter, one-act plays.
Don't see it if You want something light and funny, don't like plays examining sexism and misogyny, want a play that is full-length and fully developed.
See it if you don't get enough office politics at work and like stories dealing with workplace issues.
Don't see it if cacaphony of actors yelling over each other on stage would irritate you. Kinda a downer for women who find this topic frustrating.
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