The Heidi Chronicles: Uncommon Women and Others & Isn't It Romantic

The Heidi Chronicles: Uncommon Women and Others & Isn't It Romantic The Graduating Seniors Of A Seven Sisters College, Trying To Decide Whether To Pattern Themselves After Katharine Hepburn Or Emily Dickinson Two Young Women Besieged By The Demands Of Mothers, Lovers, And Careers Not To Mention A Highly Persistent Telephone Answering Machine As They Struggle To Have It All A Brilliant Feminist Art Historian Trying To Keep Her Bearings And Her Sense Of Humor On The Elevator Ride From The Radical Sixties To The Heartless EightiesWendy Wasserstein S Characters Are So Funny, So Many Sided, And So Real That We Seem To Know Them From Their Scene One Entrances, Though The Places They Go Are Invariably Surprising And These Three Plays Uncommon Women And Others, Isn T It Romantic, And The Pulitzer Prize Winning The Heidi Chronicles Manage To Engage Us Heart, Mind, And Soul On Such A Deep And Lasting Level That They Are Already Recognized As Classics Of The Modern Theater

Wendy Wasserstein was an award winning American playwright and an Andrew Dickson White Professor at Large at Cornell University She was the recipient of the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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  • Paperback
  • 249 pages
  • The Heidi Chronicles: Uncommon Women and Others & Isn't It Romantic
  • Wendy Wasserstein
  • English
  • 14 March 2018
  • 9780679734994

10 thoughts on “The Heidi Chronicles: Uncommon Women and Others & Isn't It Romantic

  1. says:

    This book of three short plays from the 1970s and 1980s is a delightful flashback for me I will go to my 50th high school class reunion this year It will be interesting to see how many of us managed to have it all A random speech from the first play, Uncommon Women and Others HOLLY What kind of pleasure There s someone on top of you sweating and pushing and you re lying there pretending this is wonderful That s not wonderful That s masochistic Well, this is a feminist play from the 70s What did you expect Here is the description of Holly at the front of the play HOLLY KAPLAN hair disheveled, yet well cut She wears expensive clothes that don t quite match, not because she doesn t know what matches, but because she doesn t want to try too hard That would be too embarrassing A relier for many years on the adage If she lost twenty pounds, she s be a very pretty girl, and if she worked, she d do very well, Holly has devised a strong moral code of warmth for those you love and wit for those you re scared of Holly saw the Radio City Easter Show in second grade and planned to convert Andre Bishop writes in the Foreward Reading the plays of Wendy Wasserstein is quite different from seeing the plays of Wendy Wasserstein In the theatre, they are consistently funny the comedy sparkles Yet when one sits down to read these three plays, one is surprised, almost overwhelmed, by their seriousness.It seems to me that Wendy s plays are ideas that happen to be written as comedies The three heroines, though vastly different, share an essential sadness, but it is a sadness deflected by humor, because these are witty women and they use their wit to devastating effect The thing is I think maybe I just should have been born Jewish That way I could have a heritage without having to be religious I just love these Jewish characters and I loved the Jewish women in the Grace Paley short stories I just read I must have lived in NYC in a past life Or maybe I will in a future life A random speech from the second play, Isn t It Romantic HARRIET Mother, do you think it s possible to be married or live with a man, have a good relationship and children that you share equal responsibility for, build a career, and still read novels, play the piano, have women friends, and swim twice a week In the third play, The Heidi Chronicles, Heidi gives a talk to an alumnae group in 1986 Well, you might be thinking, this is a woman s meeting, so let s give her the benefit of the doubt After teaching at Columbia yesterday, Miss Holland probably attended a low impact aerobics class with weights, picked up her children from school, took the older one to drawing with computers at the Metropolitan, and the younger one to swimming with gifted children On returning home, she immediately prepared grilled mesquite free range chicken with balsamic vinegar and sun dried tomatoes, advised her investment banker, well rounded husband on future finances for the City Ballet, put the children to bed, recited the favorite Greek myths and sex education legends, dashed into the library to call the twenty two year old squash player who is passionately in love with her to say they can only be friends, finished writing ten pages of a new book, took the remains of the mesquite free range dinner to a church that feeds the homeless, massaged her husband s feet, and relieved any fears that he might be getting old by doing it in the kitchen, read forty pages of the Inferno in Italian, took a deep breath, and put out the light So after all this, we forgive Miss Holland for not preparing a speech today She s exemplary and exhausted If you are a baby boomer or a feminist or an over achiever or simply know someone who is, you might enjoy this quick read that will give you something to relate to, to remember and to think about for a while Those were the days Five stars One extra for the nostalgia Winner 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

  2. says:

    Given 1 Rating anthologies of plays is silly and a little impossible 2 Reading a play is a funny business unto itself However 1 This collection got me in a soft spot at the right time 2 I don t know what took me so long The Fifth Star 1 Is just for Wendy, in general 2 And for me, a little bit And for jokes And for plays with jokes And for relationships, and for plays with relationships And for theatrical realism, whatever it is, and how it s here, even if I don t know what it is.

  3. says:

    The best part of a good collection is watching a writer s voice develop over time Reading Uncommon Women, I thought, This is nice, I guess kind of like a Seinfeld episode mildly amusing, with very random characters who talk like people really talk, and nothing actually happens By Isn t It Romantic, I was thinking, Well, she s good at capturing a particular historical moment and showing how women think and feel, but she s not actually making me feel anything She s good, but she s no Jane Austen But by the time I finished The Heidi Chronicles, I was up to, Well, damn I may have to revise my thinking on that Jane Austen thing Each of these plays is interesting in its own right, following bright young women of Wasserstein s generation who graduated from the best colleges, filled with feminist ideals about having it all marriage, kids, and fulfilling careers only to find themselves in their mid thirties with little if anything to show for it Their careers are not as far along as they once dreamed They struggle with singlehood or with settling for men who secretly want to marry Donna Reed And despite the professed values of the Feminist Movement, they re beset by the cattiness of other women Wasserstein s heroines are struggling with the gulf between the ideals of feminism and the realities of life The Heidi Chronicles is clearly the star of the collection the characters feel like people, not stock types, their pain pulls at the heart strings, and the gay character, Peter, gives the play further depth by pointing out to Heidi that women are not the only ones struggling to be seen and respected, and dreams aren t the only things dying in New York in the late 1980s Wasserstein has captured something very powerful here, and, like Jane Austen, I wish she could have lived longer and had the chance to write much, much .

  4. says:

    What an awesome take on the long view of women s lives

  5. says:

    The first time I read The Heidi Chronicles, I thought it read flat and couldn t see it at all But it s one of those play where the you become acquainted with, the you like it It feels like a real theatre students play It is definitely the strongest of the bunch, but I much prefer Isn t it Romantic , because I like the characters Heidi is such a tough nut They all have the same themes running through them, but man, she can write dialogue like a boss She s a less wordy waspy Tom Stoppard Uncommon Women and Others is just, weird I don t know why it s even a play But I m sure once I get acquainted with it, I ll like it A form, A content.

  6. says:

    A play I read for my survey of theatre class, The Heidi Chronicles wasn t my favorite I felt that it lacked any plot or much depth in character development It tried to tell a moving story of how a woman grows up through the 60s 80s trying to find a voice for herself, but I struggled to connect with the character at all It jumped around a lot and was pretty confusing It won a Pulitzer Prize, but I am not sure why Probably because it explored new issues and was controversial And the movie is even worse with Jamie Lee Curtis Avoid both if you can.

  7. says:

    I ve had these plays on my shelf for a long time now but I never picked them up I do think that it was for the best, since the place where I am in my life closely resembles those of the characters in these plays I do think that how I felt about these plays was strongly influenced by the place I am in my life Uncommon Women and Others four stars Isn t It Romantic five stars The Heidi Chronicles three stars Overall, I really love Wasserstein s snappy writing style and witty dialogue are the biggest strengths of the plays Something else I enjoyed is that Wasserstein is able to write characters that I find revolting especially in Isn t It Romantic, all of the supporting characters made me nauseated by how much I hated them, but I could still read the play without getting overly disgusted The only play that really missed the mark for me was actually The Heidi Chronicles, despite it being the Pulitzer Prize winner There were bits I enjoyed especially the first couple of scenes but the rest didn t resonate with me as strongly as Uncommon Women and Others or Isn t It Romantic.

  8. says:

    I hope our daughters never feel like us I hope all our daughters feel so fucking worthwhile 182 No master penises 185 I m just not happy I m afraid I haven t been happy for some time I don t blame the ladies in the locker room for how I feel I don t blame any of us We re all concerned, intelligent, good women It s just that I feel stranded And I thought the whole point was that we wouldn t feel stranded I thought the point was that we were all in this together 232.I really liked reading HEIDI CHRONICLES, even if some of the plays politics felt dated and some of the comedy felt off the mark to me Like, are we meant to laugh at the radical lesbian or with her The plays are really sharp, really funny, and persistently relevant I appreciated the specificity of the characters and the settings Seven Sisters and Ivy League soon to be graduates, navigating their lives as uncommon women in New York Yes, it s a 9 5 kind of white Jewish feminism, with insufficient class critique, but those are the stories Wasserstein knows, not to mention ones that feel most familiar to me, and I m grateful she told them.

  9. says:

    This collection of three plays is not only entertaining but beautifully capture a segment of the Baby Boomer population namely, the idealistic, professional women who embraced feminism and tried to make sense of what having it all means All three plays are excellent, and I say this as someone who is generally lukewarm about the Baby Boomers and their tendency towards narcissistic naval gazing Ms Wasserstein walks a fine line in exploring the issues that concerned her and her compatriots while avoiding self centered ranting In a way, the three remind me of a less commercial When Harry Met Sally Recommended.

  10. says:

    I felt a lot of the emotions that Heidi did as I was reading this play But the final image made it worth it.

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