by Jack Heifner
The Long-running Off-Broadway Smash Hit Comedy!
RELIVE . . . 1963 - 1968 - 1974!
2-Time Emmy Award Winner!
“The Bold & the Beautiful”
“One Life To Live”
“The Young & the Restless”
“Vanities” is a laugh-out-loud comedy about the growth of a friendship among three small town women coming of age in the 1960s and ‘70s. It's an astute, snapshot-sharp chronicle look at their lives with witty dialogue that keeps the audience laughing throughout the production!
As the audience enters the theatre the actresses are onstage at their vanity tables getting ready for the first scene, placing the show on an “automatic pilot”. The actresses return to the vanities at the end of each scene making their physical changes of the passing of time on-stage in front of the audience, timed and choreographed with the music from each period.
A bittersweet comedy that is an astute, snapshot-sharp chronicle of the lives of three regional, small town girls. In 1963, Joanne, Kathy and Mary are aggressively vivacious cheerleaders. Five years later in their college sorority house, they are confronting their futures with nervous jauntiness. In 1974, they reunite briefly in New York. Their lives have diverged — their friendship, which once thrived on assumption as well-coordinated as sweater sets, is strained and ambiguous. Old-time banter rings false. Their attempts at honest conversation only show they can no longer afford to have very much in common.
“ ‘VANITIES’ Is Unnervingly Funny.” —Newsweek
“ ‘VANITIES’ Is A Brilliant, Clever Play.” —New York Post
“Uncommonly Attractive.” —New York Magazine
The first scene takes place in a high school gymnasium, circa 1963. Joanne is a hilarious but lovable priss with a Southern drawl and over-the-top mannerisms. Mary is the wild one of the group. Kathy is the great organizer, the one who plans the best parties and is captain of the cheerleading squad. Their obnoxiously comical interaction is cut short when their principal announces the death of President Kennedy.
During the second scene, set in the spring of 1968 in a Sorority House, the differences between the characters become more pronounced. The three women are graduating from college and are planning for their futures. Wild Mary is going to Europe to experience life. Drawling Joanne is getting married, and organizer Kathy is grappling with a career choice and struggling with overcoming a broken heart.
The last scene, in a garden of an apartment, summer, 1974. The women no longer have much in common at all. Joanne has become the happy homemaker. Mary is laughably flamboyant, and Kathy has finally learned to stop trying to control her life and start enjoying it.
Go To: VANITIES story line
Jack Heifner , Playwright
John Castonia , Director/Producer
VANITIES Photo Gallery
This national tour of VANITIES has been on the road since October 1996 with
2-Time Emmy Award Winner Heather Tom.
Past cast members have included Rachelle Lefevre, Ashley Jones,
Stacy Keanan, Bridget Flanery and Emily Kay.
The dictionary meanings of VANITY:
1) The quality of being personally vain, excessive pride
in one’s own appearance, qualities, gifts and achievements.
2) Emptiness, unreality, sham, folly, want of real value.
3) A dressing table.
The play “VANITIES” means all of these things
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