Still Heidi After All These Years

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tracee Chimo, Jason Biggs, Elisabeth Moss and Bryce Pinkham in 'The Heidi Chronicles' at the Music Box Theatre. Tracee Chimo, Jason Biggs, Elisabeth Moss and Bryce Pinkham in 'The Heidi Chronicles' at the Music Box Theatre. (Joan Marcus)

The late Wendy Wasserstein hit the playwright’s jackpot in 1989, when The Heidi Chronicles took home the Tony Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the Drama Desk and New York Critic’s Circle Awards for best new play. Wasserstein’s tale of a New York City woman looking for love, but ultimately making her life — and even having a child — without a male partner, resonated with many women struggling over their life and career choices at the time.

But that was more than a quarter-century ago. Now the play is being given its first Broadway revival in a new production starring Elisabeth Moss of “Mad Men” fame. The new production at the at the Music Box Theatre is directed by Pam MacKinnon and also features Bryce Pinkham and Jason Biggs as the men in and out of the heroine’s life.

So, is the story relevant to a new generation and are the jokes still funny? New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood answers those questions and explains how Moss puts a new spin on the title role.

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