Last night I was invited to the opening night of Wendy Wasserstein's Uncommon Women and Others performed in the Studio Theatre at Muhlenberg College's Trexler Pavilion in Allentown. I haven't been in this theater since my son was little (he's just about to get his learner's permit!). The intimacy of the theater really made me feel that I was a part of the production.
The comedy's opening and ending scenes take place in the "present" year of 1978 amongst five college girlfriends. Most of the production, however, took place during their senior year (1971-1972) at Mount Holyoke College.
A unique perspective was added as the sets changed and the lights went dark ... a voice could be heard telling us the little lessons and issues that each one of us face at some point in our lives. Each vignette eclipses the young women's lives in the play. Discussions included topics on sex, finding compassion, dealing with friendships and different personalities, managing relationships and making decisions.
For me, the ultimate moral of the story was that society seems to dictate and train women as to who they are "supposed" to be. You can either choose to take the "given" road, or carve your own.
As a side note, I have to say that this show is far from being "G" rated.
My hat goes off to senior director Kristin M. Sgarro for a great production. And each actress did an outstanding job portraying women in our society.
Uncommon Women and Others will be performed though Sunday, December 5th (click here for tickets). If you attend, I would love to hear what you thought of it.