Searing Workplace Drama at MTC

Linda confronts her boss in the workplace drama "Linda" at Manhattan Theatre Club. Photo (C) Richard Termine 2017

Just five days remain to see “Linda” at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Too few plays are set in workplaces, the family living room being the preferred cauldron. But this powerhouse, a UK import by Penelope Skinner, lands a one-two punch. We see Linda at work as a cosmetics company exec who has climbed the ladder. Now she’s 50-something, fighting a near-impossible battle to preserve the visibility of “older” women. And her ladder is being shaken vigorously by a hungry young lady on her way up. Linda’s home life is falling apart, too, with two daughters who have their own problems with visibility. Fine writing, searing actors, especially Janie Lee’s title character. All in all, a superb production that makes use of every inch of MTC’s smaller venue at City Center. As the TimeOut review said: “Penelope Skinner’s Linda raises important questions with bracing rhetorical force.”

MTC turns 50 in 2020. This is one of the best shows I’ve seen during decades of attendance there. It is directed by MTC’s top exec Lynne Meadows; good 28-minute appreciation of Ms. Meadows’s 40 years at MTC here.