Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Stephen Adly Guirgis brings his prodigious gifts for exploring the lives of social outcasts to new heights in this play about the inner workings of a women’s halfway house in New York City. In a shelter on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the unmoored residents struggle with addiction, abuse, mental illness, and neglect. Between daily therapy sessions, they clash with the staff and each other, form alliances, and fall in love. All the while, they live under constant threat that the place they call home may soon be shuttered at the behest of their wealthy neighbors. By turns harrowing, humorous, and heartbreaking, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven roaringly brings to life the experiences of women who society has tried to shuffle out of sight and out of mind.
“Bursting with emotional life. The characters’ rich humanity comes through loud and clear onstage, forcing us to confront a reality we might otherwise choose to avoid."- Hollywood Reporter
“The funniest, saddest play of the year, with at least a dozen characters who go straight to your heart... A female Iceman Cometh for this century."- The Wrap
“Halfway Bitches is not only worth your time, but leaves you wanting more.”- TheaterMania
“A vibrant and expansive comic drama… Prepare to be surrounded — and, ultimately, to surrender. It wasn’t long before I succumbed to the surging vitality and diversity of its wayward throng of lost souls. Guirgis makes sure that every person onstage is filled with the contradictions that are part and parcel of being human."- New York Times
“Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven, Guirgis’s rough-cut gem of a new play, is rich with revelation & barbed empathy."- New Yorker