Wednesday, May 4, 2011

I Hate My Man and I'm Gonna Leave Him!

I recently saw two productions which include female characters who are fed up with their marriages and essentially want out. The  first is Wallace Shawn's Marie and Bruce at the Acorn Theater. The actress in this instance is Marisa Tomei who plays the titled Marie. The second is Stephen Adly Guirgis' The Mother______ with the Hat where the actress of interest is Annabella Sciorra in her Broadway debut as Victoria. 

From the opening scene of Marie and Bruce, we (the audience) are crystal clear about how Marie feels about her oblivious husband (played very well by Frank Whaley). Similarly, we learn about the philandering of Victoria's husband in The Mother______ with the Hat and the unhappiness she feels in her marriage to Ralph D (played not as well by Chris Rock). 

Both women are obviously suffering in their marriages. However, the question is will they have the courage leave or will they give in to their husbands' charms.

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