New York's Playwrights Horizons had a success starring Elizabeth Ashley as the legendary Isadora Duncan. The acclaimed author of Bent brings us Paris 1923, and Duncan's desperate attempts to keep herself financially solvent to realize her dream of retirement : a school in Italy to teach young dancers her art while distracted by her mercurial husband, a poet who only speaks Russian, as well as various acolytes, through whose eyes we glimpse the greatness of Isadora "when she danced".
"A fascinating play.... A comic portrait of a Bohemian salon in both joy and extremis, as the calling of high art meets the low farce of insistent creditors, ludicrous lovers and unexpected guests. The very inexplicability of Isadora's art becomes ... a stirring emblem of its mysterious power to endure." - The New York Times
"The mixture of flamboyant fun with a dead serious view of art's place in our grudging and somber century, skillfully brought off, makes When She Danced Sherman's best play to date." - 7 Days
"A remarkable play." - The New Yorker