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Trifles

Trifles

Written by Susan Glaspell

Narrated by Steven Weber and Full Cast


Trifles

Written by Susan Glaspell

Narrated by Steven Weber and Full Cast

ratings:
4.5/5 (8 ratings)
Length:
29 minutes
Released:
Aug 15, 2011
ISBN:
9781580818353
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Written by Susan Glaspell in 1916, Trifles is a one-act play about a woman accused of strangling her husband. Based on an actual murder case reported by Glaspell for the Des Moines News, the play represented an early exploration of gender relationships in a time when women often were considered to be mere trifles. A groundbreaking feminist play, Trifles is often included in anthologies of drama and literature.

A L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring (in alphabetical order):
Jeanie Hackett as Mrs. Peters;
Amy Madigan as Mrs. Hale;
Sam McMurray as the Sheriff;
Steven Vinovich as Mr. Hale;
Steven Weber as the County Attorney.

Directed by Rosalind Ayres. Recorded at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood.
Released:
Aug 15, 2011
ISBN:
9781580818353
Format:
Audiobook

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  • (4/5)
    I thought Trifles was a good short and sweet play, a lot happens in it in a brief time. It's like a mini mystery novel that shows how women tend to have a understanding with each other when it comes to marital problems and how men are blind to them. I also love how Minnie, the farmers wife, isn't in the play with dialog, but she feels like the main character and you get to know what she is like and what she went through.
  • (5/5)
    Trifles is a fascinating murder mystery drama in which John Wright is strangled to death inside his home. His wife, Mrs. Wright, is the suspect, but Mr. Hale and the County Attorney overlook important clues because of their disregard for “woman stuff.” Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters take more of a notice of these things and find Mrs. Wright’s pet canary dead. They are able to figure out that it was what caused Mrs. Wright to snap and kill her husband. The women decide to hide the bird, the only evidence to solving the crime, to protect her.


    There are many themes in this play, but women and femininity is the major one. In a world ruled by men, women feel trapped, underappreciated, and abused. The audience is left to root for the women who help Mrs. Wright get away with murder because of the way the men of the time are shown to treat women. In a world where the rules are created by men, a woman getting away with one of the most harshly punishable crimes is a good twist of irony. This theme is seen again throughout Mrs. Peters’ trip from a housewife to a lawbreaker as well as Mrs. Hale’s speaking out against men’s sexist remarks.
  • (4/5)
    I thought Trifles was a good short and sweet play, a lot happens in it in a brief time. It's like a mini mystery novel that shows how women tend to have a understanding with each other when it comes to marital problems and how men are blind to them. I also love how Minnie, the farmers wife, isn't in the play with dialog, but she feels like the main character and you get to know what she is like and what she went through.
  • (3/5)
    A very human look at the effects of our cruelty toward one another. This murderess is no monster, but her life of quiet desperation led her to the point of no return. One act of cruelty was all it took.