Top Girls

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Samuel French, Inc., 1982 - Drama - 112 pages
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Serious Comedy / Castin: 7f. with doubling / Ints.

Marlene has been promoted to managing director of a London employment agency and is celebrating. The symbolic luncheon is attended by women in legend or history who offer perspectives on maternity and ambition. In a time warp, these ladies are also her co workers, clients and relatives. Marlene, like her famous guests, has had to pay a price to ascend from proletarian roots to the executive suite: she has become, figuratively speaking, a male oppressor and even coaches female clients on adopting odious male traits. Marlene has also abandoned her illegitimate and dull witted daughter. Her emotional and sexual life has become as barren as Lady Macbeth's.

"A blistering yet sympathetic look at women who achieve success by adopting the worse traits of self made men.... Truly original." N.Y. Times.

"Very funny and provocative.... A mind lifting experience." N.Y. Post.


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User Review  - Kaysy - Goodreads

The truth is I read Top Girls a lot this year, because I was in it. The show just closed and it was one of the best theatre performances of my life. However, I did not love it until I performed it ... Read full review

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User Review  - Bt - Goodreads

I feel bad giving things one star sometimes. I mean, this wasn't a super terrible play. It just wasn't good. It made very little sense and the dialogue was poorly-written and rather unnatural. I know ... Read full review

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Born in London, 1938, Churchill had some early acclaim with radio plays like "The Ants" (1962), "not not not not not enough oxygen "(1971) and "Schreber's Nervous Illness "(1972). However, it was through contact with feminism that she developed the language and structures to carry the complexity of her ideas. "Top Girls "(1982), perhaps Churchill's best play, keenly predicted the rise of bourgeois 'post-feminism' in the Thatcherite 1980s, raising stimulating questions, notably in its tour de force opening where the stories of six women from history overlap, clash and connect over a restaurant meal. "Fen "(1983) dissected economic and sexual oppressions in the Fenlands; the Foucault-inspired "Softcops "(1984) considered the meanings of criminality and punishment; and "Serious Money" (1987) was a witty verse thriller about the City, substantially attended by its objects of attack. Churchill's witty, powerfully intelligent dialogue and her uniquely imaginative sense of structure saw her at the forefront of British playwriting in the 1980s and 1990s.

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