“Woodard’s actors deliver their lines like they could cut you and wouldn’t care if they did, so you’d
“Thought-provoking . . . an
“Much of the play’s power lies
“Current, bold, and extraordinary.”
“An extraordinary place to
by Caryl Churchill
Sep 19–Oct 13, 2019
This production contains strong language and mature themes. For additional context about this production, click here. Note: Includes spoilers.
Top Girls opens with a fantastical dinner party—wine flowing, guests appearing, and conversation buzzing. Just as in a real party, we catch snippets of dialogue, as six remarkable characters bounce around questions and answers, food orders and family revelations. Playwright Caryl Churchill was not the first storyteller to feature overlapping dialogue (film director Robert Altman used the same effect in movies such as Gosford Park and M*A*S*H), but she was the first playwright to figure out how to annotate it in scripts. Using a series of dashes, asterisks, and other symbols, she created a guide for theater-makers that has become the standard for playwrights today. “If you miss a phrase or two,” says Artistic Director Pam MacKinnon, “please know that the show will take care of you. It’ll come round again to catch you up.” Get your tickets now for Top Girls by Caryl Churchill, maker and breaker of rules.
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