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Top Girls - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Top Girls

Caryl Churchill

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

7f

ISBN: 9780573630231

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

"Very funny and provocative.... A mind lifting experience." - The New York Post

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Time Period - Contemporary, 1980s

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Unit Set/Multiple Settings

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior

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WINNER! Obie Award for Best Play
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." - The New York Times

"Very funny and provocative.... A mind lifting experience." - The New York Post

Top Girls premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London on 28 August 1982
Characters

CASTING

7f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Female, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

MARLENE

ISABELLA BIRD

POPE JOAN

LADY NIJO

DULL GRET

PATIENT GRISELDA

JOYCE         

ANGIE

WIN

KIT

NELL

MRS. KIDD

LOUISE

SHONA

JEANINE

Author
Caryl Churchill

Caryl Churchill

Caryl Churchill (born 1938) wrote her first play, Downstairs, while at Oxford University. It was staged in 1958 and won the award at the Sunday Times National Union of Students Drama Festival. Her plays have been performed on international stages, on the BBC radio, and adapted for BBC television. They include Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Cloud Nine, Fen, Three More Sleepless Nights, Top Girls ... view full profile

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Pamela Niesiobedzki 1/15/2015 10:39 AM
Caryl Churchill is well-known for her realistic, thought-provoking plays. "Top Girls" portrays the hurdles, insults and down-right assaults that may be suffered by women in the work-place.  The dialogue is very much of today and some of the scenes may be a bit difficult for older audiences to swallow. Recommended for community theatres with strong female actors.
Allison Lembo 4/23/2013 4:56 PM

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