Machinal

ISBN: 1854592114
ISBN 13: 9781854592118
By: Sophie Treadwell

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Reader's Thoughts

Rowena

creepy cover, but great play! 4.5. liked the expressionist style a lot.

Ana Rusness-petersen

Really great play...the entire first half, I was worked up, having trouble breathing just because of the writing style - which was an intentional. Very enlightening, especially if you've seen or read "Not Enough Air" from Timeline Theatre. Definitely feminist overtones/undertones. Be sure to read author's bio for a greater depth of appreciation.

Coco

This is actually a play so, well I read the script. I found it in my house! It is about a journalist in America. She is assigned to write about a woman who killed her husband with her boyfriend and who was sentenced to murder. It is a very angry book! But it was quite a successful play. I really liked it. I do not often enjoy this type of book but i liked it because it was written as a play, I suppose.

Dave Cotton

An excellent example of theatrical expressionism. I can't wait to share this one with my students. I am so grateful that Roundabout Theater has revived it and brought it to my attention.

Nick Pappas

One of the major, and forgotten female playwrights. She was the forerunner of Mamet, Beckett, and Pinter. And a true contemporary of Brechet. Good play, nice to read, better to see performed.

Stuart

Sparse, simple, powerful, this play beautifully captures a woman's descent into slow madness as the result of everyday subjigation and powerlessness. There are moments when you can almost hear the nervous ticking inside Helen's head. The characters, most only appearing for a scene or two, are elegantly drawn and easy to identify- we all know or have been these people. The scene between Helen and her lover, Richard, is filled with the beautiful, simple poetry that everyone hears in their head with their first real lover. George is suitably bland and harmless, simultaneously impossible to like and also refrain from feeling sorry for. Helen's Mother provides the perfect context for where this angry young woman comes from and how she begins on the path that leads to her martyrdom.

The Steele

A little bit wild, and mechanical (as it is supposed to be). Treadwell shows how modern life consumes people and turns them into a series of functions. I would like to see it on stage, and was worth the hour it took to read, but not my favorite.

Jon

A beautiful haunting important play. Theatrical innovation in the 20's never fails to astound me.

KC

Designing lights for this. It'll be interesting.

Cecily Erker

I read this because SLU is putting it on as their next production, and I wanted to audition for it. This is probably a play that has to be seen to be fully appreciated, because of the Expressionist sound effects, but I liked the script, as simple as it was. It's probably hard for people to understand why the character remained so passive until the last second, but I can identify with her feelings of helplessness and that everyone is in control of your life but you. She always had choices and multiple opportunities to take control of her life, but she couldn't see them because of her fear and passivity that had been ingrained in her by nearly all her life experiences. That's probably the real tragedy of the play.

Jill

I'd like to do this....Melanie, you out there?

Jen Klug

I guess I expected this to feel more dated than it did, maybe even campy. But it was very moving. Haunting, even. I'd love to see it performed.

beth

i was strangely fascinated by this obnoxious obnoxious play

Kate

i love expressionist theatre. this one is based on the story of the first woman exectued in new york...powerful stuff, really. i did this play in college. meeeeemories....light the corners of my mind...

Wendy

Weird protagonist.

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