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Top Girls

  • Caryl Churchill
  • Full Length Play, Drama, Contemporary, 1980s
  • 7F
  • ISBN: 9780573130137

"A blistering yet sympathetic look at women who achieve success by adopting the worst traits of self made men... Truly original."

The New York Times

"Very funny and provocative...A mind lifting experience."

The New York Post

  • Full Length Play
  • Drama

  • Time Period: Contemporary, 1980s
  • Target Audience: Senior, Adult
  • Set Requirements: Unit Set/Multiple Settings

  • Accolades:
  • Winner! Obie Award for Best Play
Marlene has been promoted to managing director of a London employment agency and is celebrating. The symbolic luncheon is attended by women in legend or history who offer perspectives on maternity and ambition. In a time warp, these ladies are also her co-workers, clients, and relatives.

Marlene, like her famous guests, has had to pay a price to ascend from proletarian roots to the executive suite: she has become, figuratively speaking, a male oppressor and even coaches female clients on adopting odious male traits. Marlene has also abandoned her illegitimate and dull witted daughter. Her emotional and sexual life has become as barren as Lady Macbeth's.

REVIEWS:

"A blistering yet sympathetic look at women who achieve success by adopting the worse traits of self made men... Truly original."

 The New York Times

"Very funny and provocative... A mind lifting experience."

 The New York Post

"Ms. Churchill's rich, ambitious play is a powerful exposition of the way in which top girls, like top men, often achieve success at the expense of their less able sisters."

 Time Out

"...brilliantly conceived with considerable wit to illuminate the underlying deep human seriousness of her theme. The play is feminist, all right, but it is an entertaining, sometimes painful and often funny play and not a mere tract."

 Spectator

Premiere Production: Top Girls premiered at the Royal Court Theatre, London on 28 August, 1982.
  • Casting: 7F
  • Casting Attributes: Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), All Female
  • Casting Notes: Trebling possible

  • MARLENE
    ISABELLA BIRD
    POPE JOAN
    LADY NIJO
    DULL GRET
    PATIENT GRISELDA
    JOYCE
    ANGIE
    WIN
    KIT
    NELL
    MRS. KIDD
    LOUISE
    SHONA
    JEANINE
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    Marlene has been promoted to managing director of a London employment agency and is celebrating. The symbolic luncheon is attended by women in legend or history who offer perspectives on maternity and ambition. In a time warp, these ladies are also her co-workers, clients, and relatives.

    Marlene, like her famous guests, has had to pay a price to ascend from proletarian roots to the executive suite: she has become, figuratively speaking, a male oppressor and even coaches female clients on adopting odious male traits. Marlene has also abandoned her illegitimate and dull witted daughter. Her emotional and sexual life has become as barren as Lady Macbeth's.

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