Uncommon Women and Others by Wendy Wasserstein (1978)
Theatre | Drama
“Comprised of a collage of interrelated scenes, the action begins with a reunion, six years after graduation, of five close friends and classmates at Mount Holyoke College. They compare notes on their activities since leaving school and then, in a series of flashbacks, we see them in their college days and learn of the events, some funny, some touching, some bitingly cynical, that helped to shape them. Each of the group is a distinct individual, and it is their varying reaction to the staid, sheltered and often anachronistic university environment (with its undercurrent of sometimes darker personal desires and conclusions) gives the play its special meaning for today’s young women as they go forth into the changing and often disquieting world that awaits them after graduation.”
pooled ink Review:
Ya know what? It was pretty good. Perhaps a bit dated compared to today but the foundation actually remains (perhaps surprisingly to some) quite relevant. Definitely a recommended read for those interested in women’s studies, gender studies, feminism, theatre, etcetera etcetera.
P.S. There is a film of this play (with actress Meryl Streep in her beginnings!) that you can watch online.
Posted on Goodreads on September 20, 2014
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Meet Wendy Wasserstein!
Wendy Wasserstein was an award-winning American playwright and an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. She was the recipient of the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.