Grace is 27, married to her high-school sweetheart, makes good money, and should be way happier than she is. But her husband lost his job and now all he does is play Xbox and smoke pot and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen might be her best friends but maybe they only like her because she’s their new target demographic. Or maybe…they’re actually going to save her. A funny play about sad people.
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Ably directed by Holly Twyford and featuring sturdy performances, “Mary-Kate” offers some poignant glimpses of characters and relationships as well as frequent doses of wry incongruity.
Holly Twyford has done a masterful job .
Mary-Kate Olsen Is in Love takes a brilliant look at what it means to be a woman in this world. A trippy and thought-provoking experience.
The development of celebrity culture, according to DePaul University Sociology Professor Deena Weinstein, is an ancient tradition given a new media-age outlet. “When we lived in small societies, we could gossip about people we know. Living in the metropolitan area, we don’t know very many people about whom we can gossip but we all feel we know celebrities,” Weinstein says. In a society in which isolation abounds, with increasing numbers of people working longer than average workdays and living away from their families, people are becoming more and more disengaged. Talking about the starlets of Hollywood provides a shared web of connections and a sense of intimacy that post-modern society otherwise lacks.Read More