The more you learn about the life of playwright Clare Boothe Luce, the more you realize how little you have done with your own. A staunch conservative of a bygone era (hanging with Chiang Kai-shek, representing Connecticut in Congress, funding Cuban exile raiding parties), Luce begin her storied career as a playwright by penning smash 1936 Broadway comedy The Women. On stage this month is Adobe Theater’s all-female cast production of this theatrical critique of New York’s 1930s Upper East Side socialites. Witty and full of Albuquerque’s finest theater actors, The Women opens at 7:30pm on Sunday, Oct. 13. Tickets for this show throughout its the opening weekend are $15. For more information and tickets for this 15-and-over event, see adobetheater.org. (Clarke Condé)
Sunday Oct 13, 2019
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Written by Clare Boothe Luce, a former congresswoman, U.S. Ambassador and journalist, the play is both a scathing comic commentary on the superficial lives of NYC socialites.
The Adobe Theater Presents: The Women By Clare Boothe Luce Directed by James Cady
The Women, directed by James Cady, opens Friday, October 11, 2019 at the Adobe Theater.
Written by the charismatic Clare Boothe Luce, herself a former congresswoman, U.S. Ambassador, magazine editor, journalist and prominent member of New York City’s society circles, The Women is juicy, wicked, and full of guilty fun. It is both a scathing comic commentary on the superficial lives of Upper Eastside socialites, and a knowing, heart-felt depiction of romantic rivalry, toxic friendships, and the thousands of supporting roles women play in offices, salons, and their own lives.
An instant smash on its Broadway debut, The Women, featuring an all-female cast, has enjoyed numerous revivals featuring a veritable “who’s who” of theater and film talent.
The play focuses on Mary Haines (Janine O'Neill Loffelmacher), a well-off New York City socialite who is the envy of her friends, boasting a wholesome, happy family and a comfortable home. Her world crashes down when gossip-hungry Sylvia Fowler (Lorri Oliver) discovers Mary’s husband has been having an affair with Crystal Allen (Christy Burbank), a sultry, gold-digging man-eater, whose traps are set at Saks Fifth Avenue. When Sylvia arranges for Mary to hear of the affair Mary’s painful dilemma is created: keep silent, keep her marriage, and condone her husband’s cheating ways or divorce him, making way for her rival to step into her place?
The talented cast also features: Michelle Eiland (Jane), Stephanie Jones (Ms. Nancy Blake), Megan Pribyl (Peggy Day), Jenny Miller (Edith Potts), Stacy Robbins (Countess De Lage), Jennifer Benoit (Ms. Miriam Aarons), Alina Horak (Diana) (Little Mary), Mary MacGyver (Mrs. Morehead), Carolyn Hogan (Maggie/Pedicurist/Woman in Distress), Georgia Athern (Lucy/Second Saleswoman/Dowager), Elizabeth Olton (Exercise Instructress/Sadie/Euphie), Jasa Pricer (Olga/Helene/Second Girl Cutie), Nazneen Akhtar Rahim (Ms. Watts/Ms. Fordyce/Fitter/First Society Woman), Joni Lloyd (Ms. Shapiro/Maternity Nurse/Second Society Woman), McKenzie Ross (Ms. Trimmerback, Princess Tamara), Karissa Noelle (First Hairdresser/First Salesgirl/First Girl) and Rebecca Grace (Second Hairdresser/Second Sales Girl/Cigarette Girl).
Filled with strong, colorful, comedic characters and an abundance of witty dialogueThe Adobe Theater’s not-to-be-missed production of Clare Boothe Luce’s The Women is sure to delight audiences young and old.
Will Mary keep silent or make way for her rival? The only way to find out is to make plans now to see The Women at the Adobe Theater!
The Women opens Friday, October 11 through Sunday, November 3 at The Adobe Theater, 9813 4th Street NW. Friday and Saturday evenings performances start at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm. General Admission $20, Discount $17 (Seniors, Students, ATG/PBS Members, Military, First Responders) and PWYW Thursday, October 31, at 7:30pm. Opening Weekend Special: All Tickets $15!