By Melissa Ross
Nice Girl offers us hope and the possibility of change. It is a play with humor and profound feelings.
The play is about something most of us have asked ourselves and the Director does ask the question, "Why is my life not what I thought it would be when I was eighteen?"
The press release summary: Its 1984 and Josephine Posen finds herself stuck in her job, her spinsterhood, and her mom's house at age 37. But when a friendship and a budding romance bring her the possibility of change, she takes tentative steps towards a new life with one powerful word: Yes!
The play is set in 1984 in a suburb South of Boston. Being a "nice girl" means, says Director Lauren Shouse. "Meeting societies expectations and upholding familial obligations, being polite and pleasant, and staying in your place.
The director asks, "Why is the play relevant today?" The answer: probably that it asks a deeply human question. The course our lives have taken is a puzzle of human nature. The play is emotionally ambivalent about that.
The playwright gives us no pat answer to that puzzle. The play is open-ended, as are many things in life.
The performance of Nice Girl at Raven theatre is its Chicago premiere. It was first produced in New York City in 2015.
The picture of Melissa Ross shows a young woman. She is prolific, since she has written five plays. She is a graduate of Vermont's Bennington, and the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Program at the Juliard School.
Thanks to Director, Lauren Shouse for a great production. The actors gave strong and powerful performances and the play left me with profound emotional questions.
Nice Girl will be produced now through March 11 at Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark St. at Granville Ave. in Chicago. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 3pm. Tix from $32 - #46. 773-338-2177 and at raventheatre.com
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