THE STORY: Two young suburban couples, friends of long standing, are suddenly aware of strains and pressures that have inexorably come into their lives. Adultery is one of these—a fact for one of the wives, an imminent possibility for one of the husbands—but ambitions, frustrated and potential, and a crying out for more meaningful personal involvement within their marriages are others. As they come together to examine their plight and to probe the genesis of their unhappiness the play moves deftly in and out of the frame of reality—with the characters talking sometimes to each other and sometimes directly to the audience. Ultimately, out of the fascinating mosaic of conversations, confessions and reminiscences, a sense of deeper understanding begins to emerge, and, with it, the liberating knowledge of the loneliness that must exist within marriage and of the crucial commitment that individuals must make if they are truly and effectively to share their lives with others.
Presented by New York's famed Circle Repertory Company, this powerful, eloquent and imaginatively structured play deals with two modern couples who, almost unknowingly, have come to crisis points in their lives—and marriages. "…has the fascination, the intelligence, the humanity and the natural rhythm of all Wilson…Make no mistake about it—such writing represents mastery of craft." —NY Post. "…an incredibly moving play…" —Soho Weekly News. "…Wilson has written a masterful play on the fragility of self-image…" —Women's Wear Daily.