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‘Top Girls’ at Krause Hall


March 31, 2011

NARROWSBURG, NY — A reading of Caryl Churchill’s play “Top Girls” will take place on Saturday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 3, at 3 p.m. at Krause Recital Hall in the Delaware Arts Center on Main Street. The reading, directed by Penelope Morgan-Lohr, will benefit Delaware Valley Arts Alliance’s Arts Alive drive. The suggested donation is $15.

Written in 1982, “Top Girls” centers on Marlene, a determined career woman who has been promoted to managing director of an employment agency. In the first act of the play, Marlene shares a celebratory lunch with women from history, including a 19th-century world traveler and explorer, Isabella Bird; Lady Nijo, courtesan to a Japanese emperor who later became a Buddhist nun; and Pope Joan, who, disguised as a man, is thought to have been pope between 854-856. Ben Brantley of The New York Times called the play “one of the most resonant theatrical set pieces of the past 50 years.” Call 845/252-7576.