Top Girls

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Top Girls

Full-Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  7f

Top Girls
by Caryl Churchill

"A blistering yet sympathetic look at women who achieve success by adopting the worst traits of self-made men [...] Truly original." - The New York Times


Image: Joan Marcus

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    7f
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Biography, Docudrama/Historic
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Senior
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Summary
Marlene has been promoted to managing director of a London employment agency and is celebrating. The symbolic luncheon is attended by women in legend or history who offer perspectives on maternity and ambition. In a time warp, these ladies are also her co-workers, clients, and relatives. Marlene, like her famous guests, has had to pay a price to ascend from proletarian roots to the executive suite: she has become, figuratively speaking, a male oppressor, and even coaches female clients on adopting odious male traits. Marlene has also abandoned her illegitimate and dull-witted daughter. Her emotional and sexual life has become as barren as Lady Macbeth's.
Cast Attributes
  • All Female
  • Time Period Contemporary, 1980s
  • Setting Various simple interior and exterior settings
  • Cautions
    • Alcohol
    • Mild Adult Themes

Media

"Ms Churchill's rich, ambitious play is a powerful exposition of the way in which top girls, like top men, often achieve success at the expense of their less able sisters." - Time Out

"Very funny and provocative [...] A mind lifting experience." - The New York Post

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  • Top Girls

    Image: Joan Marcus

  • Top Girls

    Image: Joan Marcus

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Caryl Churchill

Caryl Churchill was born on 3 September 1938 in London and grew up in the Lake District and in Montreal. She was educated at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. Downstairs, her first play written while she was still at university, was first staged in 1958 and won an award at the Sund ...

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