The Women

July 25 – August 10, 1996


Ontological Theater at St. Mark's Church, New York City 


Produced by Hangdog Theater

 

By Clare Booth Luce

Directed by Robert Cucuzza 

 

With

Linda Donald as Nancy Blake/Li'l Mary/Lucy

Rebecca Finnegan as Sylvia Fowler/Mrs. Morehead

Sibyl Kempson as Peggy Day/Olga

Jennifer Krasinski as Crystal Allen

Alicia McMillen as Jane/Miriam Aarons

Tory Vazquez as Mary Haines/Maggie

Rebecca Wisocky as Countess de Lage/Instructress

Jennifer Woodward as Edith Potter

Chandra Oppenheim as The Voice

 

Assistant Director: Sally Eberhardt

Set Design: Dawn Robyn Petrlik

Costume Design: Anita Yavich 

Lighting Design: Alison Brummer 

Choreography: David Neumann

Technical Director: Jacob Harlow 

Stage Manager: Roger Silva 

 

Light Board Operator: Ephraim Abdelhak

Sound Board Operator: Scott Mascena/Sarah Weber

Production Assistants: 
Stacy Zinke, Maya Alexander, Lisa Steele

Assistant to Mr. Callahan: Herman Eberhardt 

“With such wickedly delightful characters and a flamboyant dance number to boot, this high-falutin' look at the superficial world of society mavens–where everyone cheats and tattles and marriages are meant to fail–develops into an acidic joy that makes Nan Kempner look down-to-earth.”

— Jacob Lewis, Time Out New York

"this is a vastly entertaining and zestfully performed piece of expressionistic vaudeville. Dawn Robyn Petrlik's set is chic, Anita Yavich's costumes amusing. Cucuzza's direction is self- reflective, of course, but razor sharp, and filled with wonderful details: pauses, takes, and pivots. The eight actresses are dominated by the direction, but take their performance firmly in their own hands, raiding the acting styles of Katherine Hepburn, Mae West, and about every other prewar female film star. You don't often see so many talented actresses tearing away at comic business so adeptly."
— Robert Simonson, Back Stage

"A brilliant, highly original, young director, Cucuzza likes nothing more than creating funny, entertaining theatricals. [H]is version of Luce's classic is a fast-paced, pie-in-the-face to the highfalutin' production, complete with his usual dose of Marx Brothersesque physical comedy and insanely energetic choreography. "

— Tom Murrin, Paper Magazine preview

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