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Machinal 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 husban

  • Title: Machinal
  • Author: Sophie Treadwell
  • ISBN: 9781854592118
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 Out of this came MACHINAL, a powerful expressionist drama about the dependent status of women and the living hell of a loveless marriage SuSophie 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 Out of this came MACHINAL, a powerful expressionist drama about the dependent status of women and the living hell of a loveless marriage Successfully premiered on Broadway in 1928 with Clark Gable as the lover, the play was seen in London two years later, provoked a sensation in Tairov s version in Moscow in 1933, and was then largely forgotten until revivals in New York and London in the 1990s.

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    1. I loved this play. It's 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.



    2. 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. It's a surprisingly adult and progressive play for being written in the 1920's, because of its major emphasis on feminism.The Young Woman is 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 [...]


    3. I would love to see this acted out.Treadwell focuses on the mechanical, repetitive, and inhuman qualities that humans often evoke. It is daunting.


    4. 4.5/5*This is an incredible journey with such a twisted thought process of the characters . Everybody almost sound robotic and machine like. Loved it and respect it for being a play that show women in a different place in the world.


    5. 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 [...]


    6. The best part of this book is the introduction, in which I learned about Treadwell and expressionism. The play is excellent. I am officially off the wagon of depressing literature about womenI'm discontinuing my nightly routine of reading Shirley Jackson short stories (The Renegade mixed with Machinal thoroughly depressed me) and I'm going to read something more upbeat. :)I recommend Bjork's film "Dancer in the Dark" which is also thoroughly depressing and disturbing in the same way.P.S. Putting [...]


    7. Like Eugene O'Neli, Treadwell shows her talent as an expressionist writing capturing themes of alienation and individualism on a profound level. SPOILERS!!!! The main plot of this story involves a woman named Helen who marries her boss against her 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 [...]


    8. What an incredible play! Although written in 1928, this play is still relevant today. A young woman seeks independence in a male-dominated society. She is so repressed by the mechanized lives of the people that make up the world of this expressionist play that she is driven to extreme action. The world Helen lives in is more restrictive, certainly, than that faced by women today, but the echos of that world are still haunting us and it is important to remember where we came from and how far we h [...]


    9. 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 [...]


    10. This play is a lovely work of modern theatre with a powerful theme that is still relevant today. Sophie Treadwell writes of a young woman in a world that has no dimension or life. All the characters except the young woman are caricatures with no depth. This play is absolutely amazing. I played the Adding Clerk in my school's production of this play. It was a blast and I learned a lot.


    11. 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!


    12. Ok, so I'm writing a review largely because everyone else ignores the fact that her husband rapes her, and she probably suffered from post-partum after giving birth to her daughter. So yeah, before you say you don't feel sorry for her, keep those two facts in mind.


    13. A little bit wild, and mechanical (as it is supposed to be). Treadwell shows how modern life consumes people and turns them into a series of functions. I would like to see it on stage, and was worth the hour it took to read, but not my favorite.


    14. I read this for Theatre Arts class and thoroughly enjoyed it. The writing is phenomenal, leaving you in utter shock as the events play out. All the symbolism throughout the story was very well done, and the story itself was incredible.


    15. I feel I could read this many times before I completely understood the play, but the sentiments of longing and entrapment are very clear. Treadwell reminds me of Chopin's The Awakening or Ibsen's A Doll's House - what choices do we give women to control their own lives?


    16. Grim, stark, machine like. Sophie Treadwell does her job in setting the scene of a monochrome world where the Young Woman (deliberately depersonalised) is a cog in the machine - always submitting to others, her mother, husband, friend, lover, encapsulated in the scene near the end where even her hair is taken against her will (although I liked that she took it out of the cap at the end, perhaps a last try at self expression?). A young woman trapped, who took the only kind of freedom she thought [...]


    17. For me, the pacing was too much. The feeling of the constant drumbeat of the words, the clipping. I never could let go with it. The pace and long lapse in time seemed to supersede character development.


    18. A mediaeval Passion Play meets a German Expressionist film in 20s urban America. The use of repetitive dialogue for rhythm and audio design is effective in placing the soft Everywoman in a hard mechanistic life.





    19. My first encounter with this play was when my college put on a production and I had to write a paper about it for one of my classes. I knew the bare minimum about the subject matter and left the school theater that night in awe. It led me to want to spend some time with the play in the written sense and learn more about its author Sophie Treadwell. Sophie Treadwell is thought to be one of the first female war reporters and was one of the first women to write and director on Broadway. Treadwell b [...]




    20. Working on expanding my knowledge of female playwrights and had this recommended by a friend. I really love the writing elements that seem experimental: Laying out at the beginning "The Plot", "The Plan", "The Hope"; creating symphonies of voices and mechanical sounds; the stream of consciousness monologue that ends the "Maternal" episode In some ways this play seems very much of its time, which can be charming or off-putting by turns. But there are parts that are also daring even by today's sta [...]


    21. Sparse, simple, powerful, this play beautifully captures a woman's descent into slow madness as the result of everyday subjigation and powerlessness. There are moments when you can almost hear the nervous ticking inside Helen's head. The characters, most only appearing for a scene or two, are elegantly drawn and easy to identify- we all know or have been these people. The scene between Helen and her lover, Richard, is filled with the beautiful, simple poetry that everyone hears in their head wit [...]


    22. Yes, I appreciated it. But no, it didn't strike me as neutral; I actually didn't like it. Hence the rating. I feel like I overrate things/don't distinguish enough, seeing as my average is probably above 3. Anyway, to the play: almost Hemingway-esque, is that it? I found the main character without my sympathies – her reasoning seemed off. Yes, her life was hard, but there are better ways to deal with them. Yes, things are exaggerated or changed to make a point – but did the others have so man [...]


    23. I've seen it done best at Sarah Lawrence (directed by Kevin Confoy) and it's absolutely breathtaking if done right. Unfortunately it gets overshadowed by Chicago and they are two completely different kinds of stories about women and their lack of rights and sometimes even direction. It's hard to imagine a time when you couldn't even fathom your own independence so you have to make steps where nobody's ever tread before. It helps that Sophie was a journalist at the time and so can give us a sneak [...]


    24. This book was absolutely fabulous. I had the good fortune of playing Telephone Girl in a production of Machinal, and I got so into the plot with our fantastic Young Woman and cast. It is truly a feminist masterpiece of the time period, and is gorgeous from head to toe, sparkling with poignant remarks and dizzying with terrifying experiences. When I first got the script, I wasn't well acquainted with it, but after memorizing the lines, I have become really good friends with the text, and I wouldn [...]


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