New York City
Thirty-two local ladies star in this cunning comedy with “camp, vamp, bitch and kitsch.” Set in Manhattan in the 1930’s, this play is all about women with gossip, glamour, gold-digging and a gaggle of sales girls and socialites with too much time on their hands. It is the quintessential theatrical cat fight. Sweet Mary Haines loses her husband to ruthless Crystal Allen, who is aided and abetted by poisonous Sylvia Fowler, whose own spouse has taken up with another woman. It opened on Broadway in 1935 and in 1939 a now-classic film debuted starring Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford and Rosalind Russell. The Women is the mother of camp and one of the most blistering and witty comedies of all time.