When: April 26-29, 8 p.m., Sat., April 30, 2 & 8 p.m., Sun., May 1, 2 p.m., May 3-6, 8 p.m., Sat., May 7, 2 & 8 p.m. and Sun., May 8, 2 p.m. 2011
The opening scene of Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls is as familiar as it is odd: a group of women gather over a meal and wine to talk about work, children and men. The conversations overlap, the women laugh and a cry, advice is shared. What makes Churchill’s version unique is that the six women span centuries in time including a 13th century Japanese courtesan, an adventurous, world traveling Victorian, and an overly dutiful Chaucerian wife. After this initial, high energy scene, the play focuses on the present-day life of the party’s host Marlene, a “ball breaking” career woman. Her story is told in seemingly disjointed episodes that when viewed together provide a sad but realistic commentary on the trials and joys of being a woman. Skillfully directed by Sherry Smith and filled with compelling, memorable performances, Top Girls is top-notch.