From Romeo and Juliet to Of Mice and Men, A Look at the 2013-14 Season: The Play Revivals

By Playbill Staff
18 Apr 2014

Show: Machinal
Theatre: American Airlines Theatre
Preview: Dec. 20, 2013
Opening: Jan. 16
Closing: Mach 2
Creators: Written by Sophie Treadwell. Direction by Lyndsey Turner.
Original Principal Cast: Rebecca Hall as Young Woman, Suzanne Bertish as Mother, Morgan Spector as Lover and Michael Cumpsty as Husband.
Synopsis: Here's how the play is billed: "Inspired by the infamous 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, Machinal is a gripping drama by American journalist and playwright Sophie Treadwell. It's America's Golden Age, a time of happiness, freedom and prosperity – or is it? For the Young Woman (Hall), a stenographer in the industrial, male-dominated world of the 1920s, life is nothing like she hoped it would be. Restless and unfulfilled in a passionless marriage and unwanted motherhood, she finds her only joy in the form of an illicit love affair. But when reality sets in and she must return to her routine existence, she’ll go to any lengths to regain her freedom. A groundbreaking work in the landscape of American theatre, Machinal is a riveting look at the danger that can come from a life unlived."

Check out photos from Machinal's opening night on Broadway.

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