In the past month, we, along with Playtime!, have sent 19 members of MamaDrama to see the off-Broadway show, RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN at Playwright Horizons. The reaction by everyone to this show starring Amy Brenneman, Beth Dixon, Kellie Overbey, Lee Tergessen and Virginia Kull has been unanimous, filled with strong feelings about the issues the play deals with, most importantly the burning question that every woman wants the answer to: CAN WE HAVE IT ALL? We’ve taken some interesting points from these reviews and are posting them here:
Ok, this is a must-see for women/wives/mothers/academics/etc., and even men will get something out of it. The cast is sublime, particularly Ms. Brenneman and the pitch-perfect Virginia Kull, and the story is engaging and tumultuous and funny and heartbreaking and intelligent. I couldn’t stop thinking about it and all the issues the play raises for 21st century feminism.
The play is about lost potential, the choices we make and how we hold ourselves to unachievable standards. I’m a huge Wendy Wasserstein fan, and now that she is sadly no longer with us, I’ll follow Gionfriddio anywhere. I won’t deny that these concepts are all on my mind, and I love the way a show zeroed some of the issues that are really important to me at this time of my life.
Confessions of an IT Girl
I loved seeing the discussion about what it means to be a feminist and is a women more fulfilled being a wife and mother or having a career carried out in a thoughtful manner that is so lacking from the current “mommy wars” discussion. The play doesn’t judge the choices that any of the three generations of women have made, so much as it presents them in a historical context and highlights the fact that we in fact as women have the opportunities to make such choices.
I will tell you this, as a woman, I identified with each of the different female characters in the play. I can understand the feeling of wanting a career, yet having that urge to settle down and have a family. I also felt connected with the pre-med student, and her cluelessness about men.
I liked these women and enjoyed spending time with them. I wanted to join the conversation. On some levels, it felt voyeuristic, in a good way….being up close ‘n personal to their emotional struggles, as they stripped away their protective layers (and in some cases clothing) in an effort to seek out passion, whether personal or professional.
I could relate to the concept of making choices in life and wondering if it’s truly possible to have it all? And, when all is said and done, what is it that contributes most to happiness in a relationship and life?
Held at Playwrights Horizons, the play touched upon many dimensions of the complexity of women with an interesting discussion of choice, dreams and how situations in life has its way of impacting both – whether you like it or not.
Had I known I could work out my mother issues by reviewing plays, I would have saved money on therapy.
RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN at Playwright Horizons has been extended through July 1st. It’s playing on Tues at 7pm, Wed-Fri at 8pm, Sat at 2:30 & 8pm, and Sun at 2:30 & 7:30pm. View PHOTOS from the production of RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN HERE. To read Gina Gionfriddo’s PLAYWRIGHTS PERSPECTIVE about the writing of RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN, click here. Book tickets here.
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