Review: Wendy and the Lost Boys by Julie Salamon

wendy wasserstein

I'll never forget when I first saw Uncommon Women and Others.  I was in college at the University of Georgia when it was performed and I was introduced to Wendy Wasserstein's playwriting.  The characters in the show keep postponing their age by which they will be "pretty fucking amazing."  The goal seems both impossible to define and unattainable.  "I keep a list of options," says Holly, the main character at the end of the show.  "Just from today's lunch, there's law, insurance, marry Leonard Woolf, have a baby, birdwatch in Bolivia.  A myriad of … [Read more...]

“Pamela’s First Musical” and Olivia’s first musical

Tonight I read "Pamela's First Musical" to my daughter at bedtime.  As an avid theater goer in NYC, I loved its writer, Wendy Wasserstein.  She died from cancer in 2006 and it was way too early to take her from this world.When I was a young girl, I read and saw all her plays, from "Uncommon Women and Others" on PBS to "The Heidi Chronicles" and "The Sisters Rosensweig" on Broadway.  I also loved "Isn't It Romantic?" and "An American Daughter".  I also saw her last play at Lincoln Center, "Third" about a middle-aged professor.  … [Read more...]