Review On Ladies


Leigh Kennicott

Leigh Kennicott

Registered Critic


Although there is little in the way of linear narrative, this examination of 18thCentury Femininity contains plenty of thought-provoking moments. Four actresses – Meghan Andres, Carie Kawa, Jully Lee and Tracey A. Leigh – do a wonderful job bringing their respective 18thCentury “Bluestockings” to life. For those as unskilled as I am, the Bluestockings were creative women, far ahead of their time in their attitudes. Playwright Kit Steinkellner has condensed 100 years of activism into illustrative lives of the four, yet worries her subjects into subjective moments that seemed to go with her own interpretation of their “proto-feminist” views. Steinkellner’s words spill out of their mouths through the devise of donning red sunglasses, which were non-existent in the 18thcentury. In my view, the attempt to portray her own doubts and fears to contextualize her play decentralizes the women themselves as subjects.

Leigh Kennicott
Leigh Kennicott has an extensive background in theatre, film and television and a Ph.D. degree in Theatre, awarded in 2002. A writer, director and actor, Leigh Kennicott began theatrical reviewing at Backstage, followed by Pasadena Weekly and Stage Happenings blog.
As a director in Los Angeles, she directed a neo-realist "Romeo and Juliet" at the Secret Rose Theatre; a new play,“Charlotte Second Chance,” at DramaGarage; and “How I Learned to Drive,” “Nickel and Dimed” and “Top Girls” all at College of the Canyons.
Presently, she teaches theatre topics at California State University, Northridge.