Mary Page Marlowe
Mary Page Marlowe is a pertinent story that shows us how a few moments can potentially define a person's identity. The play is a visceral demonstration of how repressed events, be it unfortunate or joyful, can have a deep impact on one’s personality and fate. A truly touching story, Mary Page Marlowe takes you deep into the world of a woman named Mary Page.
Why Watch Mary Page Marlowe
Tracy Letts, the brilliant playwright who fabricated this beautiful and somewhat heavy plot, makes extensive use of subtle metaphors to represent the various problems and dilemmas that Mary Page faces. The play seamlessly shifts non-linearly between timelines. Sometimes you witness the later years of Mary Page, a woman who has made mistakes and suffered for making them; at other parts of the same play, you will see the events that transpired in the life of a young Mary Page.
There are few shows that focus on character as intensely as Mary Page Marlowe. The questions that the play asks its audience are on a profoundly philosophical plane. There are multiple talented actresses who play the character at different parts of the play, which might make it hard for you to connect with Mary Page and sympathise with her. In fact, that is the point of the show. There is a certain degree of uncertainty involved at all times, and this uncertainty is shared by the audience and the character on stage.
Mary Page Marlowe is the story of a woman who, like many others, finds herself moving through multiple romantic relationships in life. She seeks answers to difficult questions, such as, ‘Why is my life turning out the way it is?’ The story begins with Mary Page telling her children that they are going to be moving away from their home in Ohio to Lexington, Kentucky. She finds it difficult to explain the gravity of a divorce to her kids, who do not seem to be understanding the premise. The scene after this features a Tarot Card reader who seems to be predicting Mary Page’s future. This is where much of the play begins to make sense. The classic conflict between determinism and free will is elegantly brought out here. You will even travel from the post-World War II era of Mary Page’s childhood to her somewhat stable 60s.
This is a play that genuinely respects the audience’s desire to have a fulfilling experience. The heavy aura that pervades the entire performance is sure to leave you hungry for more.
Lovers of Drama | Family Audiences | Fans of Intense Plots
“Intensely thoughtful more than dramatically intense, the work has depth and an elegant potency, but its purposeful distancing effects make it more likely to be much admired than wildly popular.”
“The choice to have so many actors portray Mary Page is more deliberate than necessary; a central theme is the fluidity of identity. Ms. Shapiro’s staging, on a handsome set designed by Todd Rosenthal, reinforces the idea.”
- NY Times
Know Before You Go
This play is suitable for mature audiences.
The theater has a seating capacity of 108 in total.
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
Tony Kiser Theatre, 305 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036, USA, New York