Presented by Huntington Theatre Co.
Written by Huntington Playwriting Fellow Ronan Noone
Directed by Campbell Scott
Review by Gillian Daniels
The class war still rages on. People from countries with fewer opportunities than ours wash up on the shores of America willing to work sixteen-hour days at thankless jobs. In “The Second Girl,” the audience is transported to the influx of Irish immigration in the earlier twentieth century. Specifically, we watch a full day in the life of Bridget O’Sullivan (Kathleen McElfresh) and aspiring actress Cathleen O’Leary (MacKenzie Meehan) in August 1912. Both work as maids for the summer home of wealthy employers. The carping and melodrama of our heroines’ everyday world is mined for a play that seems a little too grounded in the immigration stories that came before. Continue reading