Early in Wendy Wasserstein's playwriting career, some wit dubbed her a "feminist misogynist," an oxymoron that has queasily held true in the decades since. Compassionate by nature, and passionate in her desire to speak up for female equality, Wasserstein is nonetheless a satirist by instinct, an artist whose desire to be part of the ruling elite is only equaled by her impulse to ridicule it, and whose most deeply felt social avowals are counterbalanced by an apparently irresistible desire to puncture all deeply felt social avowals with the pearl-headed pin of comedy. At times Wasserstein has been able to balance her warring... More >>>