The Heidi Chronicles

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Overview

Comprised of a series of interrelated scenes, the play traces the coming of age of Heidi Holland, a successful art historian, as she tries to find her bearings in a rapidly changing world. Gradually distancing herself from her friends, she watches them move from the idealism and political radicalism of their college years through militant feminism and, eventually, back to the materialism that they had sought to reject in the first place. Heidi's own path to maturity involves an affair with the glib, arrogant ...
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Overview

Comprised of a series of interrelated scenes, the play traces the coming of age of Heidi Holland, a successful art historian, as she tries to find her bearings in a rapidly changing world. Gradually distancing herself from her friends, she watches them move from the idealism and political radicalism of their college years through militant feminism and, eventually, back to the materialism that they had sought to reject in the first place. Heidi's own path to maturity involves an affair with the glib, arrogant Scoop Rosenbaum, a womanizing lawyer/publisher who eventually marries for money and position; a deeper but even more troubling relationship with a charming, witty young pediatrician, Peter Patrone, who turns out to be gay; and increasingly disturbing contacts with the other women, now much changed, who were a part of her childhood and college years. Eventually Heidi comes to accept the fact that liberation can be achieved only if one is true to oneself, with goals that come out of need rather than circumstance. As the play ends she is still "alone," but having adopted an orphaned baby, it is clear that she has begun to find a sense of fulfillment and continuity that may well continue to elude the others of her anxious, self-centered generation.
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Editorial Reviews

Variety
...not many plays manage Heidi's feat of inducing almost continuous laughter while forcing the audience to examine its preconceptions...It's the play of the season...
NY Daily News
...witty, hilarious...not just a funny play, but a wise one...I doubt we'll see a better play this season.
NY Newsday
...a wonderful and important play.
BackStage
...the writing is emotional and heartfelt, rare qualities in today's trivial theatre, and all the more extraordinary when combined with perceptive characterizations and witty dialogue.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822205104
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1989
  • Pages: 81
  • Sales rank: 218,134

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2004

    The Heidi Chronicles

    An amazing play, you really become attached to the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2004

    Good reading for mature audiences!

    Especially good for women who lived through these particular times in 'herstory.' Comedic drama and Pulitzer Prize winner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2003

    Cool

    we had to do memorized scenes in my drama class and my group picked a scene from this play and I like enough that i read the play it was realy good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2002

    eh, its okay....

    I liked this play, but it was a tad on the confusung side. I reccomend it to someone with a lot of time.

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