Winner of thePulitzer Prize for Drama, Craig s Wife is a scathing and insightful work by one of the masters of American drama A tense and biting satire on the darker side of human nature, Craig s Wife examines the role of materialism and control within marriage


10 thoughts on “Craig's Wife

  1. David Eden David Eden says:

    Reading this award winning play, I was amazed I had not heard of it before But the content, for the 1920s, seems a bit hard A woman intent on controlling all aspects of her life, especially her husband, finds she cannot control everything Her life begins to spiral I found it moving, and the characters well drawn Does this play age well It is a good read, I am not sure how well it would play on the stage nowadays.


  2. Lauren Lauren says:

    Whenever I pick up a play that s been mostly forgotten especially one that won the Pulitzer I go into it expecting it to be bad or feature awful racism or be terribly dated In short, I start reading waiting for the other shoe to drop Craig s Wife is a little dated, but it was unexpectedly good It s a fascinating exploration of marriage and control, of the tension in marriage between love and practicality No, the characters aren t all terribly dense with loads of nuance, but that s sort of Whenever I pick up a play that s been mostly forgotten especially one that won the Pulitzer I go into it expecting it to be bad or feature awful racism or be terribly dated In short, I start reading waiting for the other shoe to drop Craig s Wife is a little dated, but it was unexpectedly good It s a fascinating exploration of marriage and control, of the tension in marriage between love and practicality No, the characters aren t all terribly dense with loads of nuance, but that s sort of the point of the whole play sometimes people and situations are what they seem Full stop.The play takes a few twists along the way, and while they do veer toward melodramatic, they had me uncertain as to how the play would wrap up I once again end with this thought Why is it that the plays of the 1920s and 1930s feature such a plethora of fascinating, strong female characters I m continually impressed by characters, limited by social norms, who are strong and loadsinteresting than many of the post feminist movement female characters, who seem pulled straight from Misogyny 101 If nothing else, the title character in Craig s Wife would be a wonderful vehicle for an actress looking to sink her teeth into a meaty role Recommended