The Heidi Chronicles

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Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 1990 - Literary Criticism - 81 pages
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This comic play charts the 1965 through 1980s experiences of a feminist art historian and her friends and lovers. We follow Heidi Holland through the decline and fall of '60-isms--from campaigning for Eugene McCarthy to challenging male bias to consciousness-raising. Along the way we meet her "family." There's Scoop Rosenbaum, Heidi's on and off lover, who switches political ideologies and girlfriends and becomes the founder of Boomer, an influential lifestyle magazine. There's handsome Peter Patrone, Heidi's witty high school comrade--a successful pediatrician who retains his idealism and remains her soulmate. And there are Heidi's women friends, the sisters who share her ups and downs and her determination to march into the 21st century. This edition includes photographs from the theatre set.

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Wasserstein has made the cultural territory of the American experience since the 1960s her own. She is its most articulate theatrical chronicler. This collection of her recent work, Uncommon Women and ... Read full review

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The book has witty conversation but that was really all i liked about it. I liked the main character but the ending didn't quite agree with me. It felt unfinished :/ Read full review

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Wendy Wasserstein was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 18, 1950. She received an undergraduate degree from Mount Holyoke College, an M.A. at City College of New York and a M.F.A. at Yale University's School of Drama. A one-act play not only served as her M.F.A. thesis but became the basis for her successful full-length work, Uncommon Women and Others (1977). Her other plays include Isn't It Romantic, The Sisters Rosensweig, and Old Money. The Heidi Chronicles (1989) received numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize, the Tony, the New York Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for most outstanding play by a woman, and the Hull-Warriner Award for the best play dealing with a controversial subject. She also wrote the screenplay for the 1998 film The Object of My Affection, the children's book Pamela's First Musical, a spoof of self-help literature entitled Sloth, a novel entitled Elements of Style, and two collections of personal essays entitled Bachelor Girls and Shiksa Goddess. She died of lymphoma on January 30, 2006 at the age of 55.

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