THE STORY: Comprised of a collage of interrelated scenes, the action begins with a reunion, six years after graduation, of five close friends and classmates at Mount Holyoke College. They compare notes on their activities since leaving school and then, in a series of flashbacks, we see them in their college days and learn of the events, some funny, some touching, some bitingly cynical, that helped to shape them. Each of the group is a distinct individual, and it is their varying reaction to the staid, sheltered and often anachronistic university environment (with its undercurrent of sometimes darker personal desires and conclusions) gives the play its special meaning for today’s young women as they go forth into the changing and often disquieting world that awaits them after graduation.
This striking and exceptional play was presented by New York’s renowned Phoenix Theatre, and then selected for the PBS “Theatre in America” series on nationwide television. Affecting, funny and perceptive, the play delves into the lives, loves and aspirations of a group of seniors at a prestigious eastern women’s college. “…funny, ironic, and affectionate comedy…Miss Wasserstein is an uncommon young woman if ever there was one.” —The New Yorker. “…the real triumph of UNCOMMON WOMEN is that you leave the theatre caring deeply about its characters.” —NY Post. “…hilarious, touching, witty, insightful, and a lot of other nice things.” —Cue Magazine.