The Heidi Chronicles Essay

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In this review of The Heidi Chronicles's Broadway debut, Simon finds that the play is more effective than it had been in its previous, Off-Broadway setting. While he still has complaints about certain aspects of the plot—notably the title character's unconvincing career—he finds the production to have considerable merit.

Having been less enthusiastic than other critics about Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles Off Broadway, I hasten to point out that, reversing the pattern, it looks and plays better on. Thomas Lynch has skillfully adapted his tongue-in-cheek scenery, Pat Collins has made her good lighting even more evocative, and the bigger space allows more room for the play's grand ambition to portray two decades of change in our society. A school dance looks more like a school dance, a pediatrics ward is more up to the old pediatrics, etc. And it's nice to bask in oversized slide...

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