Sophie Treadwell was a campaigning journalist in America between the wars. Among her assignments was the sensational murder involving Ruth Snyder, who . Sophie Treadwell and the Young Woman upon which Machinal focuses are examples of a history and society that has rendered many women silent. In. In Defense of the Woman: Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal. Jennifer Jones. Modern Drama, Volume 37, Number 3, Fall , pp. (Article). Published by.
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Machinal: how an execution gripped America and sparked a Broadway sensation
Sophie Treadwell was a campaigning journalist in America between the wars. Among her assignments was the sensational murder involving Ruth Snyder, who with her lover, Judd Gray, had murdered her husband and gone to the electric chair. Su Sophie Treadwell was a campaigning journalist in America between the wars. Successfully premiered on Broadway in with Clark Gable as the lover, the play was seen in London two years later, provoked a sensation in Tairov’s version in Moscow inand was then largely forgotten until revivals in New York and London in the s.
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Published April 1st by Nick Hern Books first published To tfeadwell what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Machinalplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jul 27, Manny rated it liked it Recommends it for: People who like their women weak and their tragedies Greek.
Celebrity Death Match Special: She did such a great job of portraying that poor woman. You said it was based on treadwepl — That’s right.
A true story about a woman who killed her husband. I don’t think that’s sending a very positive message. This was the only solution she could see.
The whole staging is arranged to show that. Sometimes the only thing yo Celebrity Death Match Special: Sometimes the only thing you can do is take a bottle full of small stones and club your husband to death with it. Many people are like that. In the scene where she’s at work, the rest of the typing pool is obviously the chorus. When you watch Antigoneis your reaction that you just want to shake some sense into the heroine?
Basically, you just didn’t think it was any good? Worth coming just for the creative lighting.
No result due to unexpected deus ex Machinal Machimal all 3 comments. Nov 12, Edward Cheer rated it really liked it. Machinal is a play by Sophie Treadwell that focuses on a Young Woman meeting her Husband, and the inevitable downspiral of her life as she knows trfadwell.
It’s a surprisingly adult and progressive play for being written in the ‘s, because of its major emphasis on feminism. The Young Woman treadweell controlled throughout the entire play. From her boss, to her husband, to even the man she chooses to have an affair with- every scene involves her being dictated to or controlled to do something, oftentimes aga Machinal is a play by Sophie Treadwell that focuses on a Young Woman meeting her Husband, and the inevitable downspiral of her life as she knows it.
From her boss, to her husband, to even the man she chooses to have an affair with- every scene involves her treadwepl dictated to or controlled to do something, oftentimes against her own will, until we tfeadwell the key scene where she does choose The play is grim and very intelligent. The world of Machinal is mechanical, claustrophobic, and disconnected- much like how the Young Woman must often feel. And that bleeds into the striking social commentary that Treadwell obviously had in mind mxchinal this story.
However much I enjoyed the social commentary, there are parts where it bled through a little too obviously, but it wasn’t terrible enough for me to say this play is garbage. This is a great play, and I’m giving it a high recommendation to anyone looking for a very smart and depressing story about women’s rights.
Oct 16, Emma Getz rated it it was amazing Shelves: I loved this play. Treadell a fantastic display of expressionism and the episodic structure works so well. It’s also eerily relevant in the current climate regarding sexual assault, especially in places of work, and just women in society in general. Absolutely beautiful and completely tragic. Oct 26, Adrian rated it really liked it. Like Eugene O’Neli, Treadwell shows her talent as an expressionist writing capturing themes of alienation and individualism on mahinal profound level.
The main plot of this story involves a woman named Helen who marries her boss against sophiw desires. She spirals into insanity which pushes her to murder him.
The last scene in which she begs to be spared the electric chair feels extremely visceral. Expressionism’s ability to capture raw human emotions really makes you feel sympathetic for He Like Eugene O’Neli, Treadwell shows her talent as an expressionist writing capturing themes of alienation and individualism on a profound machinql.
Expressionism’s ability to capture raw human emotions really makes you feel sympathetic for Helen and draws you into the scene.
The best aspect of this play is how Treadwell really captured the tumultuous nature of human emotion. Jul 27, notgettingenough rated it liked it Shelves: How unlucky was this?
Having arranged to see this months ago at the Almeida, we got to hang out afterwards with S-L and her erudite visiting American friend Daniel. Daniel’s a playwright and so on and so forth. You say something like ‘I wanted to bang some sense into her’ he says something very complicated and technical and theatrery.
It was a great opportunity. If only I hadn’t soundly slept through at least half the play, I could have taken advantage of it.
I am curious to know if I would have How unlucky was this? I am curious to know if I would have liked this better if I’d seen the whole thing Feb 11, Cecily Erker rated it really liked it. I read this because SLU is putting it on as their next production, and I wanted to audition for it. This is probably a play that has to be seen to be fully appreciated, because of the Expressionist sound effects, but I liked the script, as simple as it was. It’s probably hard for people to understand why the character remained so passive until the last second, but I can identify with her feelings of helplessness and that everyone is in control of your life but you.
She always had choices and mul I read this because SLU is putting it on as their next production, and I wanted to audition for it. She always had choices and multiple opportunities to take control of her life, but she couldn’t see them because of her fear and passivity that had been ingrained in her by nearly all her life experiences. That’s probably the real tragedy of the play. Dec 23, Drew rated it really liked it Shelves: I saw an off-off-Broadway production of “Machinal,” in which the lead character, a woman who can’t find her place in this world, was played by a different actress in every scene.
That worked quite nicely as the middle-class murderess at center is something of an Everywoman. Why not have many women play her?
I also like how it’s not just society but also the unending sounds of the city that oppress the main woman and how the set suggested by Treadwell is fairly unchanging except for what’s reve I saw an off-off-Broadway production of “Machinal,” in which the lead character, a woman who can’t find her place in this world, was played by a different actress in every scene.
I also like how it’s not just society but also the unending sounds of the city that oppress the main woman and how the set suggested by Treadwell is fairly unchanging except for what’s revealed behind ancillary doors. The horror of the sameness of everything! Jan 23, Monica rated it it was amazing Shelves: I think this has become my all time favourite play. There is so much to say and talk about. Her anxieties, her inability to connect, her freedoms, her purity.
The use of language, and the chosen words are so poetic and meaningful, that from the first time Young Woman talked I was engrossed.
I will be thanking my English Lectures for putting this book on the curriculum! Sep 16, Maxwell rated it liked it Shelves: I would love to see this acted out.
Treadwell focuses on the mechanical, repetitive, and inhuman qualities that humans often evoke. Mar 30, Susan rated it liked it Shelves: A young woman tries to escape her life in the modern, mechanical world. Read for Modern Drama class. Feb 03, Jhoel Centeno rated it really liked it. Everybody almost sound robotic and machine like. Loved it and respect it for being a play that show spphie in a different place in the world. Dec 15, Julie Suzanne rated it really liked it.