Top Girls. Act 1 – Commentary. Setting & Action. The play opens with a fantasy banquet in a public setting of a restaurant Marlene joined by women from the past to celebrate her promotion to managing director of Top Girls Employment Agency
Act 1 – Commentary
Dull Gret parallels Joyce & Marlene drinking in Act 3
Loss of children forms an undercurrent running through their narratives.
Joan: One of the cardinals said, ‘The Antichrist!’ and fell over in a faint.
They all laugh
Marlene: So what did they do? They weren’t best pleased.
Joan: They took me by the feet and dragged me out of town and stoned me to death.
They stop laughing.
Act 1 – Commentary (Part 2)
Marlene: And someone looked up his skirts? / Not really?
Isabella: What an extraordinary thing.
Joan: Two of the clergy / made sure he was a man.
Nijo: On their hands and knees!
Marlene: A pierced chair!
(Griselda arrives unnoticed.)