Lucy Thurber is getting an honor not usually granted to mid-career playwrights: a cycle of five of her plays is being mounted in New York City. The cycle, called “The Hill Town Plays,” centers around one character, a smart young heroine struggling to form an identity independent from her western Massachusetts upbringing.
The first play "Scarcity," follows the character at age 11, while the final play, "Stay," focuses on a woman in her 30s. Keep in mind, the main characters in each of these five plays don't always share the same name. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is behind this deep dive into Thurber’s oeuvre, which continues through September 28. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood has seen the plays and tells us what to expect from the performers and the world they create on their various stages