UH brings 'Top Girls'
to the stage
UH's theater department has presented material
about the human struggle in Our Country's Good, love as a sickness
in Fool for Love and a woman's search
to define herself in Eleemosynary thus far this semester.
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UH School of Theatre students
perform in Top Girls, which examines the lives of historical and legendary
women. The production runs at UH's Wortham Theatre Main Stage through April
The department will now present a play
that touches on each of these subjects with Top Girls, a main-stage
production directed by Carolyn Boone.
Written by Caryl Churchill in 1982, Top
Girls examines nine women's lives and the ways they achieve their goals.
The play gathers women of history and legend
for a luncheon to celebrate a corporate woman's promotion to managing
"I think the playwright chose all the fictitious
women because they all had incredible female plights," Boone said.
In contrast, the play also incorporates
women who have chosen to live a lifestyle that does not deviate from accepted
"It's like the balance between the feminine
woman who has the house and children and being a corporate woman and
trying to find happiness in either one
or both ways of living," senior theater major Rachel Seney said.
At the same time, audiences need not worry
about women taunting chauvinist men for the entire play.
"Carolyn calls it the feminist predicament
and it's not the hardcore feminist," senior theater major Ivy Castle said.
just what women deal with, like sex and
children and work and everything else."
Girls does not necessarily intend to teach
women about past women's struggles, but gives audiences the opportunity
to view the women's own perspectives at
"We've already had these views before,
so that made us happy to be in the play, because we want to represent the
women and ourselves," Castle said.
Boone explained that she wanted to tell
an excellent story about women that would benefit the department's female
"One reason I chose this play is because
I think that the issues are very interesting and I like the way (Churchill)
them in story fashion," Boone said. "Another
reason was that I really had a great concern about serving so many of
our females here at the school, who I
think are very good, and I was able to give nine actresses roles; that
"Anybody who knows plays knows that there
are more male roles than there are women's, so it's nice when you run
across a play that serves the female actress
and the female spirit."
The performance features graduate student
Elizabeth Elliott, seniors Meghann Mason, Leila Kousheshi and Charlesanne
Rabensburg, junior Diana Garcia, sophomores
Jenny Yau, Jenny Phillips and Jennilyn Comstock and freshman Monica
Top Girls will run on campus at the Wortham
Theatre Main Stage at 7:30 p.m. today, 8 p.m. April 5, 6, 12 and 13 and
2 p.m. April 14. For more information,
call the School of Theatre box office at (713) 743-2929.