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The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman
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Jan 13, 2011

it was amazing
Read in October, 2010

** spoiler alert ** Lillian Hellman wrote this book in the 1930s. It deals with the issue of lesbianism and in its day was considered very risque' (so much so that some theater patrons walked out of the show when they realized it). Even though the story is defined by the character's reactions to the perceived scandal according to 1920s standards of decency, it still resonates truthfully with today's readers/audiences. I suppose this is sad really. 80 years later we are still judgmental of other people and capable of being so cruel to them.
The story is simply and beautifully written and the characters are well-defined. The older women, Martha's Aunt Lily and Mrs. Tildford, are particularly memorable because of the judgment they pass and their devastating actions toward Martha and Karen.
This play will move you and make you think.
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