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“Top Girls” by Caryl Churchill
December 5, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
When Top Girls first debuted it was a groundbreaking feminist play, winning an Obie Award in 1983. Thirty seven years later playwright Caryl Churchill’s work still resonates relevance as gender stereotypes and inequities have not vanished.
The play opens as Marlene, having just received a promotion at work, throws herself a surreal and celebratory dinner party. In attendance are a cacophony of deceased female heroines come to wish her well, sharing their own stories of success and sacrifice. When Marlene returns to her reality in acts 2 and 3, her co-workers, family, and acquaintances are all reminiscent of these dinner guests. Churchill’s witty dialogue leaves the audience simultaneously laughing and gasping. at the ridiculous horror of Marlene’s reality as a “Top Girl.”
Salem State’s production occurs in the context of a Modern Museum of Feminism where theatre, music, visual art and a millennium of feminism come together for a unique evening of theatre.
Tickets and additional information at www.salemstsatetickets.com
$20 general/$15 seniors and under 18 free.