Gretchen Cryer Edith Oliver

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Edith Oliver

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

["I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road"] was written by [Nancy Ford and Gretchen Cryer]. These are the two remarkable women whose "The Last Sweet Days of Isaac" was one of the glories of Off Broadway in 1970, which makes this show all the more disappointing…. "I'm Getting My Act Together" is a protest show, too, but it has a querulous undertone, and it is a lexicon of all those awful words and phrases (some of them used ironically, to be sure) that are the jargon of the nineteen-seventies—"relate," "relationship," "confrontation," "cleaning lady," "manipulating," "sick," and, worst of all, "celebrating me."

The show may indeed be disappointing, yet it is anything but a total loss. Miss Ford's buoyant music … and Mrs. Cryer's nimble lyrics, in a lot of the songs, belie that querulousness and all those grievances. (pp. 51, 54)

Edith Oliver, "Off Broadway: Lady Sings the Blues," in The New Yorker (© 1978 by The New Yorker Magazine, Inc.), Vol. LIV, No. 19, June 26, 1978, pp. 51, 54.∗