Culture: Bull in a China Shop

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A comedy about the Suffragette movement, based on two real women who were in a relationship at the time, may sound unlikely. But Bryna Turner’s professional playwriting debut overrides all expectations.

Now showing at the Lincoln Center, Bull in a China Shop follows the story, lives and endlessly hilarious conversations of Mary Woolley (the president of Mount Holyoke College at the beginning of the 20th century) and her partner Jeanette Marks. As Woolley works to transform women’s education, we not only fall in love with her but are also given an education in the true story of feminism.

Woolley is far from being straight-laced, prim and proper, and rather uptight as the leading first-wave feminists are so often portrayed. Just 15 minutes in everyone wants her to be their best friend. Through witty dialogue, never-ending ambition and true, brutal honesty, these characters win your heart and inspire you to change the world, just as they did.

Until 2 April 2017.

Lincoln Center, Claire Tow Theater, 150 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023.

Photo: Lincoln Center Theater.

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