Can You Forgive Her?

Posted on: May 24th, 2017 by admin No Comments

Feisty women trying to jump class are so 19th century; I’m looking at you, Jane Eyre. And so 20th century, too: Have you met Sister Carrie?

For the playwright Gina Gionfriddo, such characters are all too 21st century as well. Many of her plays, including the Pulitzer Prize finalists “Becky Shaw” and “Rapture, Blister, Burn,” feature heroines trying to escape the social immobility that locks them into dreary lives. In the smart but awkward “Can You Forgive Her?,” which opened on Tuesday at the Vineyard Theater, she introduces us to two such women, Tanya and Miranda, each using tools largely unavailable to Jane and Carrie to dislodge herself from the financial permafrost.