The Heidi Chronicles | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Graydon Carter

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of The Heidi Chronicles.
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Critical Review by Graydon Carter

SOURCE: "East Side Stories," in Vogue, Vol. 179, No. 3, March, 1989, p. 266B.

In the following unfavorable review, Carter characterizes The Heidi Chronicles, as "Off-Broadway lite" and reminiscent of television sitcoms.

Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles and Richard Greenberg's Eastern Standard are both comedic attempts to humanize the anxieties and dreams of bloodless yuppie existence. Drenched in soppy good intention, both plays have moved from venturesome Off Broadway, where they didn't really belong, to the commercial houses of Broadway, where they do…. In The Heidi Chronicles [Wasserstein] exhumes an old but promising device—picking up the lives of characters at dramatic junctures over a prolonged period—only to cruelly effect a sort of dramatic euthanasia on it. Central to this theme are the character and career of Heidi Holland, played by Joan...

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