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Mrs. Packard

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  28 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
“Emily Mann is one of our most urgently engaging, provocative and significant American playwrights.”—Joyce Carol Oates

“Both as a socially conscious melodrama which arouses strong outrage in the viewer and as a valuable history lesson with contemporary relevance,Mrs. Packard

is informative, lively and engrossing.” –Talkin’ Broadway

“Elizabeth Packard emerges as a vibrant, pas
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Paperback, 96 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Theatre Communications Group (first published January 1st 2009)
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Edward Cheer
Nov 19, 2016 Edward Cheer rated it liked it
God, I really wanted to love this play more than I did. As much as my friends recommended the tar out of this play, I just didn't like it that much.

Mrs. Packard is a play about a case involving a young married woman proclaiming her radical ideas of religion to her Calvinist pastor husband, and it committed to an asylum. There's a lot of interesting twists within the asylum and the juxtaposition of the asylum scenes with the testimonials of witnesses during her trial were a nice touch... but I ca
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Dec 29, 2015 Historic Heroines rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: history, mental health, women's rights
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Elizabeth Parsons Ware Packard, born December 28, 1816, was a women’s rights and mental health advocate.

She married a conservative old school Calvinist minister, and together they had six children. But her views on religion radically differed from her husband’s. After voicing her opinions openly and causing a stir in his church, Theophilus Packard had his wife committed to an insane asylum in Jacksonville, Illinois. At this time in history, a husband could have his wife confined to an asylum on
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Christine
Oct 13, 2013 Christine rated it liked it
It's a fascinating story that makes you question till the end whether "she is sane or insane?" The testimonies from the trial seem ridiculous, but then at the very end when it sums up her life, it makes you wonder if you were being one sided on the whole thing. Otherwise, it is a very easy play to read, that gives you smooth transitions from scene to scene
Rachael Hobson
Aug 22, 2016 Rachael Hobson rated it it was amazing
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Actual rating: 4.5

I enjoyed this play. I felt righteous anger for Mrs. Packard and I loved that I was able to feel so passionately about the text. It was also interesting to see how the reader/audience member had to question Mrs Packard's sanity. I didn't care for one of the transitions, but otherwise a lovely read!
Miri
Oct 12, 2014 Miri rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this. It is thought provoking and empowering, but still very engaging. I couldn't help but draw parallels between Elizabeth and both Jane Eyre and Bertha Mason, and that was fun for me to think about.
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