Get all the key plot points of Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal on one page. From the creators of SparkNotes. Machinal begins in an office building in an unspecified American city. . How do the themes in Treadwell’s Machinal relate to challenges the culture represented. Analysis and discussion of characters in Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal.

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Sometimes the only thing yo Celebrity Death Match Special: It feels cinematic — the forward momentum is so extreme. I recommend Bjork’s film “Dancer in the Dark” which is also thoroughly depressing and disturbing in the same way.

Machinal by Sophie Treadwell. They might suggest a metropolis bustling with opportunity — but they oppress the heroine, drowning her voice and squeezing her thoughts.

Grim, stark, machine like. Roe tells her about Mexico, talking about the freedom one feels south of United States.

Most critics applauded the play’s original style. Sophie Treadwell was a campaigning journalist in America between the wars.

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Jul 25, Elena rated it really liked it. When she finally appears, Helen tells them she had to get off the subway because she felt trapped. Retrieved December 30, Although written inthis play is still relevant today. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. She wants to go to Mexico? In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Oh my God am I never to be let alone! Treadwell shows how modern life consumes people and turns them into a series of functions.


Smith and the telephone girl leave to have sex. Dec 23, Drew rated it really liked it Shelves: Treadwell largely abandoned theatre and then journalism, after reporting from Mexico during the second world war and from devastated Germany in Ballou’s cold settings, Lee Watson’s macabre lighting complete the design of one of Off-Broadway’s most vibrant machina. She strikes me as a forthright person who saw the world as it treavwell and wanted to say something about it. A true story about a woman who killed her husband.

Everybody almost sound robotic and machine like. Produced and directed by Arthur HopkinsMachinal opened on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre on September 7,and closed on November 24,after 91 performances. 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.

Her colleagues ignore her troubles, moving on to tell her that the boss, George H.

Machinal: how an execution gripped America and sparked a Broadway sensation

I played the Adding Clerk in my school’s production of this play. The play is very well constructed and evokes the suffocation maxhinal woman feels, so much so it is rather unpleasant to read. Following its initial Broadway run, Machinal received a number of productions internationally. Get the Teacher Edition. Feb 21, Ginni Brinkley rated it really liked it.


The last scene in which she begs to be spared the electric chair feels extremely visceral. An office; a flat; a hotel; a hospital; a speakeasy; a furnished room; a macchinal room; a court room; a prison; in the dark.

Paperback machlnal, 96 pages. She did such a great job of portraying that poor woman. Want to Read saving…. It’s a surprisingly adult and progressive play for being written in the ‘s, because of its major emphasis on feminism.

A young woman trapped, who took the only kind of freedom she thought was possible, only to find herself even more caught in the endless grinding of the machine. Oct 16, Emma Getz rated it it was amazing Shelves: Read to teach and would recommend it for that, quite good, going to be an interesting discussion.

The phone rings, and George learns that one of his business deals has gone through.