Clare Boothe Luce’s social satire has assumed the status of a modern classic. The Women was a smash hit when first performed on Broadway in 1936 and has enjoyed several revival productions from the 1970s to the 1990s, as well as several film adaptations. With a large cast made up entirely of women, it is set in the world of high society in New York City of the 1930s and presents an immensely entertaining panorama of that era’s metropolitan world from the feminine viewpoint. Mrs. Luce carries us through a number of varied scenes, and digging under the surface, reveals a human understanding for, and sympathy with, a variety of colorful characters.

Plot Summary

Mary Haines is the envy of her friends, boasting a wholesome, happy marriage with a loving husband and adorable children.

Unfortunately she is living in a fool’s paradise. When her tactless “friends” are only happy to let a favored manicurist spill the beans that her husband has been seduced by Crystal, a sultry, gold-digging man eater, Mary is left with a painful dilemma. Should she remain silent and preserve her marriage, thereby condoning her husband’s cheating ways, or divorce him, leaving room for Crystal to step in and take her place? Swallowing her pride while opting for divorce, Mary, as was typical at the time, travels to Reno, Nevada, where liberal divorce laws allow society women to rid themselves of unfaithful husbands. Come see what transpires when Mary makes her way to Reno and discovers she is not alone facing this crossroads in life.  

The Women is juicy, wicked, and full of guilty fun--both a scathing commentary on the life of the superficial, selfish socialite and a knowing, heart-felt depiction of romantic rivalry, toxic friendships, and the countless supporting roles women play in offices, salons, and their own lives.