Street Scene: Pulitzer-Winning Drama Shows the Ups and Downs of City Life
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Fresh off her Pulitzer Prize nomination for Becky Shaw, playwright Gina Gionfriddo delivers Rapture, Blister, Burn, an offbeat comedy that continues the feminist conversation -- even as it explodes it. Catherine, a rockstar academic, returns home to take care of her elderly mother. In doing so, she reconnects with her former lover, Don, and former best friend, Gwen. Gwen and Don are married with children and seem to represent the kind of conventional life Catherine rejected. But first impressions can be deceiving: As the women swap lives, the full consequences of their decisions become harder and harder to reckon. Following in the footsteps of Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles, Rapture, Blister, Burn explores how the lives of women have -- and haven't -- changed. Gionfriddo's other writing credits include Law & Order and the Netflix series House of Cards. Learn More
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the performance was a joy! the story was relevant to current times though
set in 1929. each character was fully formed and revealed. there was always more than one thing to follow on stage; the time flew by. the actors were fabulous; the set and costumes were beautiful too.
i am recommending this play to many people.
Directed by Craig Johnson
Ambitious and groundbreaking for its time, Street Scene is strikingly relevant more than 80 years after its premiere. Street Scene explores the intertwined lives of the inhabitants of a New York City tenement and the adjacent neighborhood street in the late 1920s. Surprisingly intimate, natural and humorous, Street Scene reminds audiences of the nobility, passions and human failings common to all. By placing in stark relief the disparities between rich and poor, the flawed attitudes toward newcomers, the drive to create a better life, and the simple yearning for kindness and love, the play prompts viewers to recognize the same stories taking place today just down their own block.