Linda Wilde (Janie Dee) has it all. She’s an award-winning senior executive as well as a busy wife and mother. But when she pitches a revolutionary concept that could change the way the world looks at women of a certain age, she finds herself fighting for her own relevance as every part of her carefully considered life starts to show cracks. MTC is proud to present this timely, moving and fiercely funny new play by Penelope Skinner (last season’s acclaimed The Ruins of Civilization) in the American premiere directed by MTC Artistic Director Lynne Meadow. The play was celebrated in London in its run at the Royal Court Theatre.
Linda, currently running at the Manhattan Theatre Club, takes the name of a single character, the protagonist of the story, but represents generations of women struggling with “new” feminism, one that encourages women to have it all. The play, written by Penelope Skinner, is rich with themes and delves into controversial and complex issues. However, the production directed by Lynne Meadow never quite finds its footing. The story revolves around Linda, played by the iconic comic actor Janie Dee. Though there were a few dropped lines and missed cues in the performance I attended, Dee was captivating and completely believable as Linda. Linda’s children Alice (Jennifer Ikeda) and Bridget (Molly Ranson) struggle with personal problems. Her husband Neil (Donald Sahe MacKay) suffers from loneliness. In the course of a day, Linda’s world falls apart, much to the chagrin of her younger employee, Amy (Molly Griggs), who wants to usurp Linda. Add to the mix charming intern Luke (Maurice Jones) and sexist boss Dave (John C. Vennema) and you have the makings of what feels more like a sitcom than a contemporary play. There is a considerable amount of thought and money spent on the stage to refl …Read more