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Based on the real-life story of Ruth Snyder, this play is a dark tale of an unhappy young woman driven mad by a life she feels she's lost control of. After she marries a man she doesn't love, she finds herself desperate to break free. See how the story unfolds with Machinal tickets.
First produced in 1928, Machinal is hailed as one of the high points of Expressionist theater in the U.S. The play is based on the real-life story of Ruth Snyder, a woman who murdered her husband with the help of her lover, a man named Judd. The two were convicted and sentenced to death.
The play, written by Sophie Treadwell, originally featured Clark Gable before he became a movie star. It has been revived a few times since then, including in 1993 when Fiona Show played the young woman.
A young woman has spent her entire life listening to others. She tries to live her life right, the way a woman is expected to in the 1920s male-dominated world — even if she may not agree with these rules herself. She marries her boss, a man she doesn't even like, and together, they have a baby. An affair with a younger man is her only joy. While the trysts are fun, her reality begins to drive her mad and she finds herself obsessed with breaking free from the life she has. Find out what happens with Machinal tickets!