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Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Matchmaker by Thorton Wilder

I had my first vacation in a while recently and one of the things that I did was go to a play at the Goodman theater in Chicago.  A matinee, to be sure, but a whole play.  We all enjoyed it very much, and by going to the theater on the day of the play we got very inexpensive seats that were as good as they were reasonable.
I have not seen anything by Thorton Wilder with the exception of what everyone has seen and that is Our Town.  This is a very funny play about a woman who sets matches up, including one for herself.  Wilder wrote the play in the mid-20th century, but it is based on a play from the mid 19th century, and the situations serve to remind one that women have always had challenges when it comes to both business and society at large.  The recent election rhetoric has served to remind me that not everyone thinks that having given women the right to vote, much less own property and run businesses was perhaps a mistake.  So fun to watch someone who manages to get what she wants without raising any hackles in the meantime. 

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