BFF ("Best Friends Forever")
THE STORY: Best friends Lauren and Eliza are challenged by the onset of adulthood in this deeply felt and incisive meditation on young women coming of age.
"Sex and cruelty intrude on [Lauren and Eliza's] idyll, and Lauren's eager experiments with boys drive Eliza deeper into her own shell. Structurally, the play swims back and forth through time, bridging past and present. In the latter sequences, the adult Lauren meets Seth, a sensitive young banker, but she finds herself unable to open her heart—filled as it is with mourning for the girl she couldn't save…Anna Ziegler's tenderly chiaroscuro play about adolescence is an unmitigated pleasure…Ziegler's writing is rueful, frank and fresh; her insights into young womanhood feel earned and authentic." —The New Yorker. "It shimmers with lyricism, gentle wit, and a good deal of wisdom…when it comes to the playwright's ability to evoke adolescence, that twilight zone of our lives when everything that we feel is felt so deeply and unwaveringly, Anna Ziegler has few peers in writing about that time and those feelings." —NYTheatre.com. "The enterprising Women's Expressive Theater—WET for short—has again introduced us to a female playwright of surprising professional polish…" —BackStage. "…[the plot] hangs on a compelling psychological mystery that deepens as the play progresses, and ends with a genuinely gasp-inducing moment that raises the stakes of everything that came before." —NY Sun. "The play resonates with honesty and insight." —Talkin' Broadway. "The playwright has a gift for incisive characterizations and realistic dialogue…" —NY Post.