Monday, October 25, 2010

'Heidi Chronicles' also a chronicle of the Baby Boom generation

Wendy Wasserstein's Tony Award-winning play "The Heidi Chronicles" is often described as a feminist drama about one woman's quest to "have it all".

But the play, which opened Friday at the UIS Studio Theatre, can also be seen as a chronicle of the Baby Boom generation.

Complete with a soundtrack of classic '60s, '70s and '80s hits and references to seminal events of the era, "The Heidi Chronicles" captures the idealism, angst, and self-absorption of Boomers who, even now, are still thinking about what they want to be when they "grow up" and redefining what "grown up" means.

Directed by Missy Thiboudeaux-Thompson, "The Heidi Chronicles" opens in 1989 (the year it was written) with art history professor Heidi Holland (Ashley Warren) lecturing her students about the history -- or more precisely, the lack of documented history -- of women in art prior to the 20th century.

The play was featured in an October 23, 2010, article in The State Journal-Register.

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