Friday, April 26, 2019

Perfectly Imperfect Women’s Stories in 20th Century Blues

Posted By on Fri, Apr 26, 2019 at 3:15 PM

I had been perusing the playbill for 20th Century Blues while waiting for the show to begin. I noticed the image of four women, standing in solidarity, walking toward a camera. The sounds of Motown and 70’s anthems played in the background. As the lights rose on Invisible Theatre’s season-ending production, my feminist spirit was ready to see what playwright Susan Miller, and directors Susan Claassen and Fred Rodriguez had in store.

It’s not often we get to see four older, diverse female actors on stage together with meaningful, powerful dialogue. The women talk to each other with a directness that we rarely get to witness. They talk about sex and race and gender and their aging bodies with brutal honesty.

One of the women, Mac, played by To-ree-nee Wolf, is African American, and a lesbian. Her character often calls out the others for privilege and for asking her speak for “her people."

A few of the topics discussed made the audience cringe just a bit, which I absolutely loved. The playwright didn’t care if the honesty pushed buttons. In the time of #metoo and #timesup, we need to tell women’s stories without abandon.

20th Century Blues is playing at Invisible Theatre now through May 5th. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling their box office at 882-9721.

- Reviewed by Gretchen Wirges. Read the complete review at

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