The first time I read The Heidi Chronicles, I thought it read flat and couldn t see it at all But it s one of those play where the you become acquainted with, the you like it It feels like a real theatre students play It is definitely the strongest of the bunch, but I much prefer Isn t it Romantic , because I like the characters Heidi is such a tough nut They all have the same themes running through them, but man, she can write dialogue like a boss She s a less wordy waspy Tom Stoppard Uncommon Women and Others is just, weird I don t know why it s even a play But I m sure once I get acquainted with it, I ll like it A form, A content.
The best part of a good collection is watching a writer s voice develop over time Reading Uncommon Women, I thought, This is nice, I guess kind of like a Seinfeld episode mildly amusing, with very random characters who talk like people really talk, and nothing actually happens By Isn t It Romantic, I was thinking, Well, she s good at capturing a particular historical moment and showing how women think and feel, but she s not actually making me feel anything She s good, but she s no Jane Austen But by the time I finished The Heidi Chronicles, I was up to, Well, damn I may have to revise my thinking on that Jane Austen thing Each of these plays is interesting in its own right, following bright young women of Wasserstein s generation who graduated from the best colleges, filled with feminist ideals about having it all marriage, kids, and fulfilling careers only to find themselves in their mid thirties with little if anything to show for it Their careers are not as far along as they once dreamed They struggle with singlehood or with settling for men who secretly want to marry Donna Reed And despite the professed values of the Feminist Movement, they re beset by the cattiness of other women Wasserstein s heroines are struggling with the gulf between the ideals of feminism and the realities of life The Heidi Chronicles is clearly the star of the collection the characters feel like people, not stock types, their pain pulls at the heart strings, and the gay character, Peter, gives the play further depth by pointing out to Heidi that women are not the only ones struggling to be seen and respected, and dreams aren t the only things dying in New York in the late 1980s Wasserstein has captured something very powerful here, and, like Jane Austen, I wish she could have lived longer and had the chance to write much, much.
What an awesome take on the long view of women s lives
A play I read for my survey of theatre class, The Heidi Chronicles wasn t my favorite I felt that it lacked any plot or much depth in character development It tried to tell a moving story of how a woman grows up through the 60s 80s trying to find a voice for herself, but I struggled to connect with the character at all It jumped around a lot and was pretty confusing It won a Pulitzer Prize, but I am not sure why Probably because it explored new issues and was controversial And the movie is even worse with Jamie Lee Curtis Avoid both if you can.
The Graduating Seniors Of A Seven Sisters College, Trying To Decide Whether To Pattern Themselves After Katharine Hepburn Or Emily Dickinson Two Young Women Besieged By The Demands Of Mothers, Lovers, And Careers Not To Mention A Highly Persistent Telephone Answering Machine As They Struggle To Have It All A Brilliant Feminist Art Historian Trying To Keep Her Bearings And Her Sense Of Humor On The Elevator Ride From The Radical Sixties To The Heartless EightiesWendy Wasserstein S Characters Are So Funny, So Many Sided, And So Real That We Seem To Know Them From Their Scene One Entrances, Though The Places They Go Are Invariably Surprising And These Three Plays Uncommon Women And Others, Isn T It Romantic, And The Pulitzer Prize Winning The Heidi Chronicles Manage To Engage Us Heart, Mind, And Soul On Such A Deep And Lasting Level That They Are Already Recognized As Classics Of The Modern Theater I hope our daughters never feel like us I hope all our daughters feel so fucking worthwhile 182 No master penises 185 I m just not happy I m afraid I haven t been happy for some time I don t blame the ladies in the locker room for how I feel I don t blame any of us We re all concerned, intelligent, good women It s just that I feel stranded And I thought the whole point was that we wouldn t feel stranded I thought the point was that we were all in this together 232.
I really liked reading HEIDI CHRONICLES, even if some of the plays politics felt dated and some of the comedy felt off the mark to me Like, are we meant to laugh at the radical lesbian or with her The plays are really sharp, really funny, and persistently relevant I appreciated the specificity of the characters and the settings Seven Sisters and Ivy League soon to be graduates, navigating their lives as uncommon women in New York Yes, it s a 9 5 kind of white Jewish feminism, with insufficient class critique, but those are the stories Wasserstein knows, not to mention ones that feel most familiar to me, and I m grateful she told them.
This collection of three plays is not only entertaining but beautifully capture a segment of the Baby Boomer population namely, the idealistic, professional women who embraced feminism and tried to make sense of what having it all means All three plays are excellent, and I say this as someone who is generally lukewarm about the Baby Boomers and their tendency towards narcissistic naval gazing Ms Wasserstein walks a fine line in exploring the issues that concerned her and her compatriots while avoiding self centered ranting In a way, the three remind me of a less commercial When Harry Met Sally Recommended.
I felt a lot of the emotions that Heidi did as I was reading this play But the final image made it worth it.