Bowdoin thespians ask, Can women have it all?


BRUNSWICK — The Bowdoin College Department of Theater and Dance will present “Top Girls,” a play by Caryl Churchill set in 1980s Britain, on March 1-3.

The show is both a celebration and a cautionary tale in a heady mix of theatrical style and form that asks, “Can women have it all?”

Paralleling Margaret Thatcher’s economic deregulation with the “deregulation” of traditional women’s roles, “Top Girls” examines the hidden and not-so-hidden costs to women who sacrifice it all, perhaps even their humanity, to make it to the top.

The lead character, Marlene, achieves career success as a high-power executive with the Top Girls Employment Agency. A drunken dinner, office politics and bitter family secrets collide, leaving all to examine the meaning of liberation.

“Top Girls” will be presented at 7 p.m. at Wish Theater in Memorial Hall.

Admission  is free, but tickets are required. Tickets available at the David Saul Smith Union information, 725-3375; and immediately before the show at the Pickard/Wish box office.