Recently in a Twitter chat sponsored by Mama Drama, I won tickets to see "Rapture, Blister, Burn" , a play by Gina Gionfriddo at Playwrights Horizons.
I was looking forward to seeing this play because the plot certainly resonates with so many women today. It’s about two formerly close friends who had chosen certain lifestyles for themselves, but soon discover they might not be the right ones.
After drifting apart over the years, Catherine(Amy Brenneman) a successful author and lecturer reunites with grad school friends Gwen (Kellie Overbey) a stay-at-home mom, and her husband Don (Lee Tergesen), who is dean of the local college and also Catherine’s ex-boyfriend from their college days.
Catherine left her hectic city life to come to New England to take care of her mom, Alice (Beth Dixon) who is recovering from a heart attack. An awkward reunion with Gwen and Don begins with an argument over why their babysitter Avery (Virginia Kull) should not be allowed to stay because she has a black eye, which sends a negative message to their son.
Gwen and Avery sign up for (and are the only students of) Catherine’s summer school class, given in her mother’s home. There are some incredibly wonderful discussions here about Betty Friedan, Phyliis Schlafly and even how horror films reflect the changing roles of women in society.
It’s during these scenes that Catherine decides she wants to rekindle her romance with Don and Gwen wants a city life for herself and her show-biz loving son. Amazingly, everyone agrees.
I won’t give too much more away other than to say that "Rapture, Blister, Burn" is wonderfully acted, funny and insighful well-written play. Even the scenery changes were amazing!
I love seeing plays that lend themselves to discussions afterwards and this certainly will have you thinking about the themes and how they relate to you in your life.
"Rapture Blister Burn" is a limited engagement, running until June 24, so click here and get your tickets now.
Disclaimer: I am not affililated with Mama Drama NY or Playwrights Horizons. These tickets were a contest prize. All opinions are my own.