by Joanna McClelland Glass
Trying is a two-character play based on the author Joanna McClellan Glass’s experience during 1967-1968 when she worked for Francis Biddle at his home in Washington, D.C. Judge Biddle had been Attorney General of the United States under Franklin Roosevelt. After the war, President Truman named him Chief Judge of the American Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. The play is about a young Canadian girl and an old, Philadelphia aristocrat “trying” to understand each other in what Biddle knows is the final year of his life.
Square One audience favorite Alexander Kulcsar returns to the theatre in the role of Biddle.
“Comic and touching.”
“Trying is a portrait of generational reconciliation. It is enormously bracing theatre.”
“Trying is a beautifully written, delicate and engaging two-hander.”
“Exquisitely literate, moving and compelling.”
A.R. Gurney’s classic play is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, the place where the family assembled daily for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions. The action is comprised of a mosaic of interrelated scenes — some funny, some touching, some rueful — which, taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species: the upper-middle-class WASP.
“Hilarious and touching…as comic sketch crazily succeeds comic sketch a whole pattern of American life emerges.”
– The New York Post
“A thoughtful and superbly written comedy!”
“Often funny and rueful and, by the end, very moving.”
– The New York Times