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Wives Tickets

Wives Tickets

New York
23 Aug 2019 - 6 Oct 2019

Wives Information

Playwrights Horizons kicks off its 2019-2020 Off-Broadway season with Jaclyn Backhaus’ world premiere comedy Wives, directed by Margot Bordelon.

Performances are staged at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Playwrights Horizons.

(Photos by Joan Marcus)

WIVES Written by Jaclyn Backhaus Directed by Margot Bordelon

From the brawny castles of 16th Century France, to the rugged plains of 1960s Idaho, to the strapping fortresses of 1920s India, all hail the remarkable stories of Great Men! — and their whiny, witchy, vapid, vengeful, jealous wives. In this kaleidoscopic, time-hopping comedy, Jaclyn Backhaus pushes past patriarchal cliché to reach an ecstatic breakthrough, untethering stories and history — and language itself — from the visions made by men.

Jaclyn Backhaus’ feverish, feminist comedy is performed with enjoyable brio by the cast. —Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Winking and exuberant! Jaclyn Backhaus’ Wives is a swift and playful feminist manifesto. —Sara Holdren, New York Magazine

Run time

80 minutes, no intermission

Opening date

August 23rd, 2019

Closing date

October 6th, 2019




Playwrights Horizons

Our review

Adina Verson, Aadya Bedi & Purva Bedi in Wives

Wives, by Jaclyn Backhaus, is both a serious and over-the-top crackling, comically directed (by Margot Bordelon) tour through history beginning in 16th century France with Catherine de' Medici, a dead husband and his live lover; jumping to Idaho in 1961 with a girl's night out with Hemingway's wives and a fish; leaping to the magic of Rajasthan, India in the 1920s under British rule and the power of everyone being a wife; and firmly landing in the present at Oxbridge University at a newly formed...

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