Marisa King: Abe Lincoln in Illinois

June 7, 2021

Our group was divided on this script. Some people really liked it and others thought it was much too wordy and boring. However, we did all agree that there were some extremely strong monologues (apart from the historical speeches). Also, our group once again commented on how little politics has changed in 80 years.

Marisa King: You Can’t Take It With You

May 17, 2021

We thoroughly enjoyed this play! It was very funny with wonderfully zany characters. So many visual gags to enjoy but the dialogue is very clever as well. We can understand why this play is so often produced – it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser even some 80 years after it was written!

Lynne Porter: The Flick

It’s WAITING FOR GODOT, without even knowing the name of who/what they are waiting for. Tedious. Unfunny. Beckett did it infinitely better.

Marisa King: Idiot’s Delight

May 8, 2021

This was a very well-written and thought provoking script with characters of various nationalities layering their perspectives onto the action. There were some extremely dark monologues which caught us by surprise but made sense given that the Great War still loomed large in the public consciousness and tensions were already building up to another world war. The postscript written by the playwright is especially poignant and we recommend reading it first to give context to the play’s setting and action.

Lynne Porter: Craig’s Wife

Great examination of the tension between “having it all” and living an “authentic life.” More timely than you’d think.

Marisa King: The Old Maid

This script definitely falls into the category of melodrama and we weren’t big fans of it. However, we recognize that it reflects the very circumscribed lives women were experiencing in the 1930s. There was certainly some pathos in the relationship between Delia and Charlotte and there are a few poignant speeches from these two characters.

Marisa King: Men in White

This is ER for the 1930s! Lots of drama behind the scenes of saving lives. We found there were too many characters in this play to truly connect with the action on a visceral level but there were some affecting scenes and the ending is particularly poignant.

Marisa King: Both Your Houses

Our group really enjoyed this play. Despite all the political speak we found it quite engaging and downright suspenseful! The script was very well written, particularly some of the monologues. It’s incredible how so little has changed in politics since the ’30s!

Marisa King: Alison’s House

While there were some strong moments in this script, for the most part, our readers found it rather boring. Nothing seemed to actually happen and many of the participants were yawning throughout the session. For our little group, it may have been the least favourite script of all our Pulitzer reads so far.

Marisa King: Street Scene

February 17, 2021

This play had A LOT of characters and it was sometimes hard to keep track of which roles each of us was reading. So, that made it more challenging to actually get into the play and really identify with our characters. However, the slice of life depiction of 1920s NYC was interesting and certainly illustrative of the prejudices and struggles of that time.