Sophie Treadwell was a campaigning journalist in America between the wars. Among her assignments was the sensational murder involving Ruth Snyder, who with her lover, Judd Gray, had murdered her husband and gone to the electric chair. Out of this came MACHINAL, a powerful expressionist drama about the dependent status of women and the living hell of a loveless marriage.
Successfully premiered on Broadway in 1928 with Clark Gable as the lover, the play was seen in London two years later, provoked a sensation in Tairov's version in Moscow in 1933, and was then largely forgotten until revivals in New York and London in the 1990s.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - engpunk77 - LibraryThing
The best part of this book is the introduction, in which I learned about Treadwell and expressionism. The play is excellent. I am officially off the wagon of depressing literature about women...I'm ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - sweetiegherkin - LibraryThing
In this dramatic play, a young woman looks for peace and happiness in a variety of ways – work, marriage, motherhood – but never finds fulfillment, only a mechanized routine. Machinal is very loosely ... Read full review