In 'Mary Page Marlowe' a Role so Big It Requires 6 Actresses

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Blair Brown and Alan Wilder star in 'Mary Page Marlowe' by Tracy Letts. Blair Brown and Alan Wilder star in 'Mary Page Marlowe' by Tracy Letts. (Michael Brosilow/Steppenwolf Theatre Company)

Tracy Letts, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (August: Osage County) and Tony Award-winning actor (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf), has a new play running at his home company, Chicago-based Steppenwolf Theatre. The play, Mary Page Marlowe, tells the story of one woman at various points throughout her life. And to accomplish this, she is played by six talented actresses with a supporting cast of equal caliber.

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood visited the Windy City to see the production and offers his impressions of the play, Anna D. Shapiro’s direction, reasons behind dividing the title role into a half dozen parts and whether it may land in New York in the near future.

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