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The Heidi Chronicles

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,601 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Wendy Wassersteins Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play is the tale of a baby-boomers long, hard road from 60s confusion to 90s self-made woman...or so she hopes.
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Published January 1st 2003 by LA Theatre Works (first published 1988)
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Brina
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my reading themes in 2016, that I hope to continue in 2017, has been to read more classic plays. It is in this regard that I selected Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles, which won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1988. Wasserstein had previously wrote for the Seattle Repertory Company and penned two other plays- An Uncommon Woman and A Life Imagined. Heidi was her first play to win multiple awards and enjoy long success on Broadway.

The Heidi Chronicles details twenty five years in t
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Jackie
Oct 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
I liked this play a lot more before I read my Women in Theater professor's article about it. Then all of a sudden all its flaws became pretty clear. Nonetheless, my favorite thing about it, the dialogue, remained unchallenged, so that's okay.
Heidi was an interesting main character in that she is often portrayed as responding to things happening around her rather than actively engaging in them herself. As a way to highlight the different stages of the second wave feminist movement (stages Heidi s
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Andrea Laurion
It's funny, the elements that made this play groundbreaking 30 years ago are what make it sound dated now. Doesn't take away from it's importance. ...more
Bradley
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-2011
I'm on a bit of a Wendy Wasserstein kick. This play won the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony in 1989. Even though the play is over 20 years old, the themes presented are still valid. ...more
Gorfo
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people nostalgic for the late 20th century
Recommended to Gorfo by: school
The Heidi Chronicles is a coming of age novel that leaves the reader feeling empty, disappointed and more than a little depressed. The main character comes of age during a time of change and movement from the time spanning the 1960's-to the early 90's. With all of this change surrounding her Heidi feels compelled to action and finds herself fiercely advocating for the representation of women in art. However through all of this she finds herself lonely and unfulfilled. Her romantic life center ma ...more
Susan
I cannot remember not knowing there was a play called "The Heidi Chronicles," but I had never seen or read it. I read a lot about it and about Wendy Wasserstein. recently, I read a New York Times article about the Broadway revival of the play starring Elisabeth Moss, whose Peggy Olsen was quite Heidi-ish, by the way. The article stated that the play was closing due to lack of ticket sales. That was interesting to me. Was the play dated? Irrelevant? So I finally read it.

It's a very good play, abo
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Becca Morello
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Amazing. "The Heidi Chronicles" captivated me in ways I never expected! This witty, fast-paced and enchanting play culminates with a chilling reality about careers, love, marriage, friendship and the ups and downs of life. "The Heidi Chronicles" resonated with me on so many levels and I look forward to seeing it on stage soon. Better yet, I look forward to someday portraying Heidi on stage. Highly recommend. ...more
Kasy  Long
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this play because the themes are still relevant to today’s culture. Even though it’s 20 years old, the play’s themes on feminism, female empowerment, friendship, culture, society, etc. are still true today. This was an interesting play. If you’re interested in feminism writing, you should give this a read.
Carrie Ridgeway
Aug 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, bpl
I listened to the audio version of the play from Library2Go. The story was pretty good. Enjoyed the interview with the author at the end.
Jason
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore Wendy Wasserstein's work and this is my favorite. I'v always wanted to play Peter in a production. A great look a life! ...more
Steven
Jun 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american, plays, women
A pulitzer prize winning play for the feminist Vassar and Brown crowd.
Ina
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not big on plays, but I really liked this one. The thing that attracted me initially was the synopsis - finding myself and trying to be true to myself (as cliche as it sounds) are things I have always thought about. But I definitely found much more in this play.
People argue if this work is still relevant, they talk about feminism and how it's different today. I do agree that this work is about the specific situation of a middle-class woman in that specific time and I wouldn't say that one ca
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Michael McClain
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What struck me most about The Heidi Chronicles was Heidi's uncertainty as time marches on and she becomes increasingly lost and frustrated dealing with the repercussions of what she fought for back in the '60's and '70's. I think I expected a more confident, self-assured Heidi when I began but what Wendy Wasserstein gave us was a more complex, ambivalent portrait. Heidi even compares herself to a Heffalump and gurrrrllll. Same.
Heidi's heartbreaking speech in Act 2, Scene 4 is the perfect distill
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LoriO
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some plays read better than others; this is one I think needs the nuance of voice and facial expressions to help with comprehension. I can't believe I've never seen this performed! Anyway, there are bits I'm just not sure I understood, characters I'm just not sure how I'm supposed to feel about. But the language is so spot on and the banter is so real...I trust that, when seen and heard, all would be revealed.

As an aside, I also find amusing the fact that this reads, and strongly, as a period pi
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Anne
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminism, plays
Really loved the female-based narrative and the discussions the characters have that women have in real life about perceived timelines and "can they have it all." For a play that came out in 1988, it was surprisingly open to the gay narrative, though there was a joke that was supposed to be a double-entendre alluding to the gay character but in actuality connected homosexuality to pedophilia - hence not 5 stars. ...more
Natalie
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
I picked this up for an audition monologue, and I liked it much more than I was expecting to after hating Uncommon Women and Others! Almost 30 years on, it didn't feel particularly groundbreaking to me (especially not after having read several other Baby Boomer Retrospectives), but the characters were interesting, and several of the scenes were comedic gold. ...more
Anna Fitzgerald
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
I didn't find the characters overly interesting and watched them passively from a distance as if they were a bit flat. However, I read a lot of plays and what I did like was the approach of the interconnected scenes moving back and forth through time. That kept the pace moving forward and was refreshing. ...more
MaryAnn Kelling
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coming to a theater near you (Carleton College, Northfield MN) this fall. It has potential to be a good one. The script follows the life of Heidi and the path she takes to define herself as a woman and a person. It begins the mid 1960's when Heidi is a teenager and ends in the late 1980's. ...more
Sarah
Apr 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: play
Reading a play is never as good as watching a play.

Follows Heidi in her quest to "have it all." At times it is insightful but I feel like ending the play with Heidi adopting a baby as the way to find happiness was...unfortunate.
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Mrs. Owens
Apr 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: play
Reading a play is never as good as watching a play.

Follows Heidi in her quest to "have it all." At times it is insightful but I feel like ending the play with Heidi adopting a baby as the way to find happiness was...unfortunate.
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Sharon Kuromiya
Jul 09, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to the play on audio. It was so stupid and shallow that I could hardly bear to sit through it. It's not that it hasn't aged well. Dunning-Kruger in action? Playwright has no idea how much she doesn't know about what was really going on. ...more
A.D. Elliott
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A look into a life of a feminist. Heidi is my new inspiration for off hand and witty remarks.
Steve
Apr 03, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's only April but we have a top contender for the worst play read in 2018. A boring slog through three decades with empty, soulless characters. ...more
Melissa
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school, 2018
Quite witty. I was with her up until the final act.
Carla Seravalli
too true to be funny... this broke my heart
Lily
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
The energy of act one is good, but Heidi herself was boring. I'd say the exact opposite for act two. 3.5 stars. ...more
Dee Dee OConnor
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, my-plays
A great exploration of feminism's evolution from the 60s through the late 80s as seen through and experienced by Heidi. I would love to see this performed but thoroughly enjoyed the read. ...more
elle buss
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq, plays, 2019
i really didn’t care about anybody or anything in this honestly
Patrick Grizzard
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everything boomer is millennial again.
Lindsay
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great play packed with all the issues you could want!
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Wendy Wasserstein was an award-winning American playwright and an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. She was the recipient of the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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