what we're up against
By Theresa Rebeck
November 27th 2018
Eliza is a bright, talented architect, newly hired at a highly competitive firm. Four months into the new job she still - increasingly frustrated - awaits her first truly challenging assignment. The new guy however, who was hired after her, is trusted with high-profile projects immediately. As Eliza shows her frustration by pulling a smart trick with her boss, the war begins. In her colleagues' minds the intensified situation has absolutely nothing to do with Eliza being a woman.. There’s another woman at the office, Janice, and she is accepted! She knows – and obeys – the rules. Their rules.
Theresa Rebeck wrote What We’re Up Against already back in 1992, but it wasn’t until 2011 it reached the stage for the first time. Last fall, in 2017, a new production of the play premiered during the first month of the #metoo revolution. Thus, it was more relevant than ever. In New York Times, the play was called a “furious office comedy” and that expression is quite spot on. This black comedy is boiling over with the characters’ frustrations and a little warning about foul language might be in place here. We look forward to an intense reading with laughter and some probably not too pleasant recognition…
“A juicy black comedy!” – Variety
“A swift and merrily vicious kick in the pants!” – Washington Post
“Theresa Rebeck totally and completely nails it in her latest play! A biting, brilliant comedy!” – Houston Chronicle