A Look Back at Burgeoning Feminism

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Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Zoe Kazan as Mary Anne and Cherry Jones at Agnes in 'When We Were Young and Unafraid' at Manhattan Theatre Club. Zoe Kazan as Mary Anne and Cherry Jones at Agnes in 'When We Were Young and Unafraid' at Manhattan Theatre Club. (Joan Marcus)

Cherry Jones, who won acclaim for her portrayal of Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie on Broadway this past fall, has made a quick return to the New York stage. She’s starring in a new play, When We Were Young and Unafraid, by Sarah Treem, a writer for the Netflix series "House Of Cards."

When We Were Young and Unafraid explores feminist themes, forcing the audience’s perspective by setting the story in 1972, the year before the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade. Jones plays a woman who runs a bed-and-breakfast as the cover for an ad-hoc shelter for battered women.

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood considers the converging characters and plotlines in this Manhattan Theatre Club production, directed by Pam McKinnon. Performances continue through Aug. 10 at New York City Center Stage 1.

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concetta nardone from Nassau

Much of the criticism against Wagner was that he was an anti-Semite. What some people do not realize is that he was a feminist and some of his operas portray women as heroes. The end of Die Walkure has Wotan condemning Brunhilde to life as a housewife. Her sisters run off screaming Woe, Woe.

Jul. 09 2014 08:04 AM

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