Carey Purcell

Carey Purcell is a New York based writer, reporter and theater critic. She covers the New York theater scene, reviewing plays and interviewing members of the community. Her writing offers a fresh and feminist perspective from a progressive young woman.

Carey is a member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and has also contributed to The Huffington Post, Alternet.org, TheaterMania.com and WHERE New York magazine.

Are Unmarried Couples “Lewd and Lascivious”? Some States Think So

“Are you f***ing kidding me?” Jon Stewart asks that question often on The Daily Show, but I don’t think it has ever seemed as applicable as when he asked it in response to the state of Virginia forbidding two heterosexual people to live together while unmarried. ...more
This man has done 'infinitely' more for women (myself included) than all the phony unholy ...more

Review: A Feminist Response to Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella on Broadway

Carey Purcellwww.CareyPurcell.com The opening line of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella sets the tone for the majority of the play. When Cinderella, wandering through the misty woods, wistfully sings, “It makes you wish that the world could be as lovely as it looks,” I couldn’t help but agree. Why can’t life be as pretty as it looks onstage at the Broadway Theater?...more

Hell Hath No Fury Like a Blogger Impassioned – Why Do “Angry Women” Scare People So Much?

The philosopher Aristotle once said, “We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right matter at the right moment and for the right length of time.”But what about a woman who feels angry?...more

"Maggie the Cat is Alive!" Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," Starring Scarlett Johansson

The bed’s the thing in this play. Oh, and the woman in it.That much is clear from the first moment of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, currently playing at the Richard Rogers Theater. This revival of Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning 1955 play about sex and lies – no videotape – in the South is loaded with innuendo and insults, as well as plenty of alcohol. With movie star Scarlett Johansson in one of the leading – and very sexual – roles, the temperatures have been running high amongst the audience members, even if the bed onstage remains ice cold....more

Rape Culture on the MTA: A Rude Awakening on the 2/3 Train

Since when do disrespect and violence inspire applause? I must have missed the moment when sexually harassing people and violating their privacy became an entertaining and admirable action that our culture condones and applauds. Can someone fill me in on when that happened? When riding the subway home to my apartment, a man came on the train with a guitar and amplifier. Hearing performers is a common occurrence on the subway in New York, but this man did not come onto the subway to perform music....more
This is a pretty shallow interpretation of the scene from On the Waterfront. For starters, it ...more

Theater Review: Jim Parsons in "Harvey"

Harvey Theater is often praised for its ability to portray real people in real situations. Good performances are generally regarded as ones that are honest and authentic. However, I am happy to report that there is one person on Broadway right now that does not at all resemble a real person. Elwood P....more

Theater Review: A Feminist Reponse to Shakespeare in the Park's "As You Like It"

A rustic revelry is indeed taking place at the Delacorte Theater, where the first play featured in this year’s Shakespeare in the Park is in performances. This bouyant production of As You Like It, directed by Daniel Sullivan, is a light-hearted, entertaining, lush and romantic play with a top-notch cast and practically perfect set....more

Brendan Griffin Talks “Clybourne Park’s” Journey to Broadway

Good news for all the chatterboxes out there: there is one actor on Broadway who doesn’t mind if you’re loud in the audience....more

Review: Cirque de Soleil: Zarkana

I don’t really know what happened, but I know it was beautiful. Zarkana, Cirque dul Soleil’s newest show, is a breathtaking fusion of spectacle and theatrics with very little narrative to tie it together. But when one is being constantly dazzled by the wonders happening onstage, do we really need a plot?...more