YOU WANNA BE ON TOP?
The lessons of girl power
For women, making it into the boardroom in the 1980s was fraught with a very different set of concerns than Omarosa’s 15 minutes on The Apprentice. Caryl Churchill’s Broadway premiere of Top Girls takes us back to the decade of decadence at London’s Top Girls Employment Agency, where Marlene (played by Elizabeth Marvel) celebrates her climb to success as head of the company. With an all-star cast featuring Mary Beth Hurt, Martha Plimpton, and Marisa Tomei, the show prompts us to question whether the sacrifices we’re willing to make and the values we place on getting ahead in a so-called man’s world are really worth the ride. At 8, through June 29, check for full schedule, Biltmore Theatre, 261 West 47th Street, 212-239-6200, mtc-nyc.org, $47–$92 EUDIE PAK
ALL GROWED UP
Happy birthday, Dixon Place
Dixon Place, the venerable downtown performance space, is finally as old as the latest flock of theater-school graduates utilizing its cozy stage. At 22, this haven for experimental theater, readings, and works-in-development is itself graduating to a full-fledged theater as soon as it raises enough funds. For now, you can still grab a seat on one of the mismatched couches in the living-room-sized space for the Money of the Month Club. Tonight’s event stars Split Britches’ Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver, two legends of queer feminist performance art, who will be doing “some old stuff and some new stuff from Miss America,” which will premiere at La Mama in June. At 8, Dixon Place, 258 Bowery, second floor, 212-219-0736, dixonplace.org, $10–$15 SHARYN JACKSON
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 8, 2008