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Wendy Wasserstein's "The Heidi Chronicles"
30 ratings
3.7 average rating
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787 events
411 reviews
316 stars
attended Oct 04 2009

I liked this play. Agree that the first act was better than the second and that it was a bit long. I did find it somewhat confusing when some of the cast played multiple characters. It was not quite as clear as it could have been. Thought the...continued

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NobhillTreehouseSF Red Velvet
90 events
25 reviews
85 stars
attended Oct 02 2009

Me: 3-3 1/2 Stars GF: 4 Stars- She wins.
I agree with other reviewers that the lead was difficult to warm to; I
think it had to do with the physicality of the younger period. But one
can see why she was cast: her ability to plow through...continued

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Ruth Ann Jones Red Velvet
36 events
8 reviews
3 stars
attended Sep 26 2009

Well known playwright, Wendy Wasserstein, has written a very timely play about an independent, well educated woman growing up in the 60's - 80's. I have to believe other theater troops have performed it better for this play to still be popular. ...continued

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Quotes & Highlights

The Heidi Chronicles is winner of the Tony Award for Best Play and the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
“(an) interesting, thoughtful evening in the theater … an excellent choice” —TheatreWorld Internet Magazine


In this Pulitzer Prize winning comedy, a chronicle of one woman’s life becomes a universal story that speaks to anyone who’s ever looked for happiness on the road less traveled.

We first meet Heidi Holland, soon-to-be successful art historian and essayist, as a girl at a high school dance in 1960’s, already not willing to be what others expect of her.   As we travel her life’s road, we find her battle for independence and self-fulfillment must survive woman’s collectives in the 70’s, power lunches in the 80s, and the alienation of the 90’s.  Through all of this, Heidi  is driven to find joy and satisfaction, but always on her terms, trying to maintain what “makes her a person” as others try to make her what they want her to be.

Luckily, she has her friends: the unpredictable Susan, the witty, gay doctor Peter, and her charismatic on-again off-again lover Scoop, who give humor and support as they too quest for success in their own way.   In “The Heidi Chronicles,” we learn, “our friends are our family”. 

Custom Made moves to the Next Stage (Gough and Bush Streets) attached to the historic Trinity Church, with a new production of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning Wasserstein play, which the company previously produced in 2006. During that run, which broke box office records and was repeatedly extended, the SF Weekly said it was “a distinct joy to watch an excellent script performed with passion” and the Bay Times exhorted “don’t miss it!”

This production will once again surprise those who know the play more for its reputation as an artistic and cultural milestone. Wendy Wasserstein was a steadfastly honest observer of society, and her work is personal and provocative. Through a continuously hilarious inundation of clever, wry and sometimes self-deprecating quips, this play examines self-awareness outside of societal expectations and celebrates the power of the individual.

Custom Made executive director and co-founder, Leah Abrams, once again stars as Heidi. Of her highly acclaimed performance three years ago, the Bay Times said, “the actress and the role blend subtly and beautifully.” Also returning to the play are Fred Pitts as “Peter” and company member Jessica Rudholm.  Kelly Rinehart joins Custom Made for the first time as “Susan” and popular San Francisco director, actor and playwright, Dan Wilson takes on the charmingly arrogant “Scoop.” Heidi’s world is filled out with a multitude of characters played by Juliet Heller, Roselyn Hallett and Tavis Kammet.

Returning to direct the show is Artistic Director, Brian Katz. He has directed over thirty productions at Custom Made, including the noted “Bye-Bye, bin Laden!” (top ten shows— SFBG), “Assassins” (SFBG, Talkin’ Broadway best-of) and “A New Brian” (Talkin’ Broadway). Sets and lights are designed by Technical Director, Marci Ring; costumes are by Bessie DeLucci (“Mr. Marmalade”); Katherine Schroeder (“Putting it Together”)will stage manage the piece; and “The Heidi Chronicles” will feature paintings by Nicola McCarthy (over a half-dozen scenic designs for the company including “Slavs!”, “Mr. Marmalade”, and “A New Brain”).

About the Ticket Supplier: Custom Made Theatre Co.

Winner of multiple SF Bay Critic Circle awards, and Theatre Bay Area Award nominations, including the Best Overall Play of 2012, The Custom Made Theatre Co. is a San Francisco-based not-for-profit theatre dedicated to ensemble-based, socially relevant productions. Custom Made Made Theatre Co., now in its 17th season, is the main producing entity of Custom Made Theatre, an intimate 99-seat house one block from Union Square, where the company presents a six play season, along with numerous free readings, workshops and classes.