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posted Friday, May 13, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 19
Ladies of the Corridor shows how far we've come
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Ladies of the Corridor shows how far we've come

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

The Ladies of the Corridor
Richard Hugo House
Through May 22


Dorothy Parker was known for her wit and her participation in the Algonquin Round Table, a group of writers and critics who met every day for lunch around a table in the Algonquin Hotel. Initially the only woman present, she made her reputation as a caustic critic and poet in the 1920s. She wrote short, viciously funny verses about romance, and often about thoughts of suicide. She also wrote plays and film scripts and was nominated for Oscars.

In 1952, Parker moved back to New York's Volney residential hotel after being placed on the Hollywood blacklist for her political activism. She drew upon her experiences there to co-write, with Arnaud d'Usseau, the play The Ladies of the Corridor. This play is being presented at Richard Hugo House by Woman Seeking& a theater company.

An example of her verse from the program: 'Razors pain you, rivers are damp/ Acids stain you and drugs cause cramp/ Guns aren't lawful, nooses give/ Gas smells awful, you might as well live.'

While the beginning of the play reflects Parker's wit, making fun of the women who found themselves in such hotels, the bulk of the play focuses on the culture of the times that disenfranchised divorced and widowed women from the rest of society. They were dependent upon alimony or estate funds and often struggled to establish a life of their own - remember that these were times when women were often barred from handling their own credit or investments, leaving such activities in the hands of men.

Woman Seeking is presenting this play through an Equity Member Project Code, which allows members of the actors' union, Equity, to work for free. You may know that theaters generally have to pay Equity actors, and most of the smaller theaters in town (sometimes referred to as the 'fringe') can't afford to hire them, so many union actors are left out of work as there are only so many union acting slots available. So, they resort to working for free under circumstances like these, where members choose to support a production in order to keep their instrument tuned, if you will.

Woman Seeking also chooses plays that allow for a greater number of women in them than is typical. There are many more women available for theater roles than there are roles available for them. Woman Seeking seeks to remedy that.

As directed by Karen Kinch, an able cast of 16 presents this complicated play. Lisa Carswell plays Lulu Ames, a new widow who has come to the New York hotel from an apparently loveless marriage in Ohio to remake her life. At first, she has great energy for this makeover. She avoids the trio of women in the hotel on her corridor who meet daily for cards and movies. Laurie Bialik, Maureen Hawkins, and Ruth McRee provide amusement as the trio who gossip and find ways of amusing themselves while crafting a marginal but functional daily life.

Lulu aims to follow the example of her close friend, Connie (Eleanor Moseley), who had no estate to fall back on and has found a job, independence, and a measure of self-esteem. But her energy for change falters when she meets the younger brother of an old acquaintance (Daniel Wood) and falls in love with him. She then proceeds to dump all her insecurities into a huge, unwieldy lump for him to try to swallow.

The production is generally well done, though a bit of a downer - there isn't really any hope for the women in this hotel. Indeed, one side character - played by Christine Mosere in an affecting portrayal of a trapped alcoholic - has so few skills, she can't even aspire to be the maid at the hotel.

Complex scenic requirements allow for lovely interlude singing of period song hits by Sonia Perez, though she inexplicably appears and disappears around the staging to do her singing. Beautiful costumes by Viveca Sanai accent the time. Despite a lack of chemistry with Wood, Carswell pulls off a range of emotional changes, with a nice assist from Moseley. Mention needs to be made of Eric Newman, who plays a pitiful role as a trapped and abused son who takes 'momma's boy' to a whole new level.

If you want to play 'how far have we come, baby?' this is a great play to remind you of what it used to be like.

For more information, go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/170456 or call 800-838-3006.

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