Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Harriton Theater Company presents this story of women and the men who pursue them is a touching adaptation on the verge of all-out musical hilarity
Harriton High School Main Theater
March 29 – April 1, 2017
A musical adaptation of Pedro Almodóvar’s beloved film of the same name, Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown is the brainchild of the talented team behind Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Preserving the unusual and exhilarating tone and style of the Oscar-nominated film, Women On The Verge will delight both fans of the film and newcomers to the raucous tale.
Both touching and hilarious, Women On The Verge is a story about women and the men who pursue them… finding them, losing them, needing them, and rejecting them. At the center is Pepa whose friends and lovers are blazing a trail through 1980s Madrid. Along with Pepa, there’s her missing (possibly philandering) lover, Ivan; his ex-wife of questionable sanity, Lucia; their son Carlos; Pepa’s friend, Candela, and her terrorist boyfriend; a power-suited lawyer, and a taxi driver who dispenses tissues, mints and advice in equal proportion. Mayhem and comic madness abound, balanced by the empathy and heart that are trademarks of Almodóvar’s work.
Thank you to the Cappies Critics who wrote a review about our show! The following two critics were chosen to be published in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Lauren Quigley – Plymouth Whitemarsh High School
We all have moments when it feels like we are going to go insane. However, we normally don’t date terrorists, spike our gazpacho with sedatives, or coincidentally visit the house of our father’s mistress. This perfect balance of whimsicality and relatability is exactly what makes Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown endearing, and the Harriton Theater Company did a great job of bringing this story to life.
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown tells the story of four women in Madrid and their struggles with romance. Each woman is driven to the brink of insanity, and over a two-day span we see their lives fall apart and back together through the trials of love.
Brendan Carr – Germantown Academy
With impressive voices and a blender-full of homemade gazpacho, Harriton High School’s production of Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown charmed audiences with its take on Madrid in the ‘80s. The original production of the musical, with a book and lyrics by David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane, premiered on Broadway in 2010.