Top Girls

by  Caryl Churchill

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  7f

"A blistering yet sympathetic look at women who achieve success by adopting the worst 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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    Cast Size

    7f
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Obie
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

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.
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Accolades

  • WINNER! Obie Award for Best Play

Reviews

"A blistering yet sympathetic look at women who achieve success by adopting the worst 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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  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, 1980s

Casting

7f

MARLENE

ISABELLA BIRD

POPE JOAN

LADY NIJO

DULL GRET

PATIENT GRISELDA

JOYCE         

ANGIE

WIN

KIT

NELL

MRS. KIDD

LOUISE

SHONA

JEANINE

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Cast Attributes

  • All Female
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

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Authors

Caryl Churchill

Caryl Churchill was born on 3 September 1938 in London and grew up in the Lake District and in Montreal. She was educated at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. Downstairs, her first play written while she was still at university, was first staged in 1958 and won an award at the Sunday Times National Union of Students Drama Fe ...

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

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