My Favorite Plays That Pass the Bechdel Test
For the uninitiated: the cartoonist Alison Bechdel's gauntlet that a work of art shd have at least 1 scene btw 2 women that isn't about a man (The film I wrote does not pass this test. Next one will).
- •PicnicWilliam Inge loved women in that way only a gay man can. Wrongly remembered for its hunky supporting men, this play is all about ladies left behind on the wrong side of the tracks: widows, spinsters, and girls on the brink of their real lives.
- •A Streetcar Named DesireAnother play remembered for its hot supporting male, but actually about the (too real) relationship btw sisters. Like Inge, Williams has a lot of plays that pass this test; his most famous work happens to be my favorite.
- •Crimes of the HeartThere are some other great 80s plays by and about women (see Paula Vogel, Wendy Wasserstein, Marsha Norman) but this is the one I like best.
- •Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, The SeagullCan't pick one, I love them all. Chekhov wrote women as people with real interiority, moving the theater away from melodrama (see La Dame aux camellias) in the process.
- •Hedda Gabler & A Doll's HouseDoll's House will always have my heart, but the scenes btw ladies are stronger in Hedda G. For the record, Ibsen was an OG feminist.
- •When We Were Young And UnafraidMy old friend Sarah Treem wrote this fucking gem that I was lucky enough to act in this summer. Track it down.
- •Fun HomeFrom the graphic novel by Ms. Bechdel herself. Short listed for the Pulitzer for good reason. Being remounted on Broadway this spring. Sell your soul for a ticket; it's so worth it.