The Town Hall Affair OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Caitlin Ochs
  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    February 4, 2017
    Closing:
    March 4, 2017

    Theater: The Performing Garage / 33 Wooster Street, New York, NY, 10013

    Synopsis: 

    The Town Hall Affair delves into the revolutionary fervor of feminist thinking and art “happenings” in 1970s New York. The piece is based on the Hegedus & Pennebaker film Town Bloody Hall which documents a panel held at Town Hall in 1971. The panel featured feminist thinkers and activists – including Jacqueline Ceballos, Germaine Greer, Jill Johnston, and Diana Trilling – with Norman Mailer serving as moderator.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Town Hall Affair

    It's Norman Mailer vs. Feminists in 'The Town Hall Affair'

    Ben Brantley

    February 10, 2017: “I’m beside myself. I’m beside myself,” mutters an anxious and excited Jill Johnston at the beginning of The Town Hall Affair, the very timely and time-bending new mixed-media piece that’s churning up decades of sexual discontent at the Performing Garage in SoHo. Johnston (reincarnated by Kate Valk), the poetic polemicist whose works included Lesbian Nation: The Feminist Solution, sure isn’t alone in feeling that way. This, after all, is a production from the Wooster Group, those downtown masters of deconstruction and detonation whose perspective-muddling shows have a way of expanding the view of who and where we are. And The Town Hall Affair — which recreates one explosive night of public debate in Manhattan in 1971 — splits some very well-known identities by means theatrical and cinematic, so a number of real-life literary figures are literally beside themselves.

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