The homes in South St. Louis were missing the men who had not yet come home from the War in 1919, so the postmen called the all-women homes ‘ladyhouses.’ LADYHOUSE BLUES poignantly pinpoints the eve of revolutionary change in America through the close relationships of a St. Louis mother and her four daughters. Capitalizing on the fact that in less than 60 years America has radically changed socially and economically, O’Morrison has employed his poet's command of language and a painter’s sense of detail to create a realistic psychological American drama of life hanging in suspension. This new play, scheduled for Broadway in May, is a beautiful tone piece about a time when American values were changing rapidly and women were feeling the roots of today's feminism.
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