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The Best of Everything - ePublication

adapted by Julie Kramer, based on the book by Rona Jaffe
Full Length, Comedy
2 men, 6 women
Total Cast: 8, Flexible Set
ISBN-13: 978-0-8222-2870-7


MIN. PERFORMANCE FEE: $105 per performance.
THE STORY: A new adaptation of Rona Jaffe’s 1958 bestseller about ambitious secretaries in the big city. These girls want thrilling careers and gay adventures—and husbands and children too, in due time. Today we call that “having it all"; these girls call it “the best of everything.” They’re not sure it’s possible either.
“To my surprised pleasure, THE BEST OF EVERYTHING is neither a delirious sendup nor a mordant, finger-wagging deconstruction. It’s a respectful, hysteria-free, streamlined and appealingly modest effort that lets Jaffe’s working girls speak for themselves… The whole show is refreshingly free of the 'aren’t-we-clever’ self-consciousness that often accompanies such excursions into pop-culture past… There is a welcome humility at work here, which in turn creates a feeling of unvarnished transparency. This approach gently and divertingly reminds us that Jaffe’s novel focused a clear and abidingly useful gaze on women caught in a moment in time that isn’t as distant as you might suppose.” —The New York Times.

“It’s Stage Door in a Mad Men world, with a jigger of Peyton Place, and Kramer treats its soapiness like a bubble bath whose froth conceals some pretty dirty water.” —Time Out New York.

“This clever adaptation of Rona Jaffe’s novel about secretaries in the 1950s is an absolute treat… THE BEST OF EVERYTHING nimbly lives up to its title.” —TheaterMania.