The How and the Why OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • STAR-LEDGER

Opening Night:
January 7, 2011
Closing:
February 13, 2011

Theater: McCarter Theater Center / 91 University Place, Princeton, New Jersey, 08540

Synopsis: 

Evolution and emotion collide in Sarah Treem's thought-provoking and sharp new play about science, family, and survival of the fittest. On the eve of a prestigious conference, an up-and-coming evolutionary biologist wrestles for the truth with an established leader in the field. This intimate and keenly perceptive play explores the difficult choices women of every generation face.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The How and the Why

    Student Meets a Mentor She Has Met Before

    Charles Isherwood

    January 18, 2011: Biology is destiny, and destiny is biology — specifically evolutionary biology — in “The How and the Why,” a new play by Sarah Treem having its premiere at the McCarter Theater Center here. A contentious, knottily plotted drama about the challenges women face in negotiating careers in the academic sciences, the play provides a nice showcase for Mercedes Ruehl, who gives a lively, nuanced and crisply funny performance as a professor whose long history of distinguished research comes under fire from an unlikely quarter.

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  • CURTAIN UP REVIEW OF The How and the Why

    The How and the Why

    Simon Saltzman

    January 19, 2011: There were two good reasons that made me look forward to the world premiere of a new play by Sarah Treem. First, I was impressed by the first play, A Feminine Ending when it was presented by Playwrights Horizons in 2007. Embracing an incontrovertible feminist theme, it followed the course of a young woman who, as she follows a career path as a classically trained musician, finds her life irreparably consigned to compromise.

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  • EXAMINER REVIEW OF The How and the Why

    The How and the Why at the McCarter Theatre Center

    Rick Busciglio

    January 15, 2011: "The How and the Why," is a fascinating, very intelligent new two-character play by Sarah Treem. This world premiere production opened officially last night for a run through Feb. 13 at McCarter's Berlind Theatre.

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF The How and the Why

    The How and the Why

    Gwen Orel

    January 18, 2011: Sarah Treem's two-hander The How and the Why, now premiering at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, often feels like a dialectic in dramatic form rather than a drama about people with conflicting ideas. The question Treem seems to want to pose, in various guises, is the old question: "Can a woman have it all?" Unfortunately, it is not very convincingly dramatized.

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  • STAR LEDGER REVIEW OF The How and the Why

    Princeton play premiere proves to be all-inclusive success

    Peter Filichia

    January 18, 2011: The McCarter Theater’s most recent debut of a new play is no lightweight offering. It’s an exhilarating, intellectual evening out, brought to you courtesy of four talented women.

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