This is not your mama’s Little Women. As a matter of fact I am not certain it is even my Little Women.This is a Little Women that has been retrofitted to within an inch of its life to be relevant for today. The thing is, it was already relevant.
The March sisters – as Alcott wrote them – are fully formed beings with their own opinions. These are no cookie cutter characters. They are socially aware and they work their tails off to stay afloat. Their rich neighbor is seen as a lonely man. Their crabby wealthy aunt is to be endured. There is virtue in honesty, and material things are not all they are cracked up to be. The drama happens around them. The world is a messy place. The trick is to figure out how to maneuver within its confines. No easy task – especially for women confined to corsets and skirts.
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Little Women written by Kate Hamill, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, directed by Sarna Lapine
Paola Sanchez Abreu (Beth), Michael Crane(Brooks/Parrot/Dashwood), Kate Hamill (Meg), Ellen Harvey (Hannah/Mrs. Mingott) John Lenartz (Mr. Laurence/Robert March), Kristolyn Lloyd (Jo), Nate Mann (Laurie), Maria Elena Ramirez (Marmie/Aunt March), and Carmen Zilles (Amy)
Little Women features scenic design by Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams, costume design by Valérie Thérèse Bart, lighting design by Paul Whitaker, and sound design by Leon Rothenberg.
(New York – May 2019) Primary Stages(Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director; Shane D. Hudson, Executive Director; Casey Childs, Founder) is proud to present Little Women. Performances began at the Cherry Lane Theatre(38 Commerce St, New York, NY, 10014) through June 29, 2019. Tickets are available at primarystages.org. Running time 2 hours with one intermission.