Seattle Rep’s ‘The Comparables’ — incomparable!

The Comparables

We are excited about the opening of Laura Schellhardt’s new play The Comparables, at the Seattle Repertory Theatre on Friday, March 6! Schellhardt, who created the 2011 hit “The K of D, an Urban Legend,” about a girl with a lethal kiss, now presents a world premier neo-feminist satire that tips the good old boy business ethic on its kiester. Bette, Monica and Iris are high-end real estate agents whose sales pitches are as impermeable as their manicured nails, but when Bette’s reputation is on the line, the choice is self-destruction or finding a new way of doing business.

Here’s part of a list of materials that relate to the play, featuring wonder-women of business and their unique talents. They’re quick, canny and cut-throat!

Top Girls by Caryl Churchill

Top Girls by Caryl Churchill
Theatre Works presents this radio play set in Margaret Thatcher’s 1980s England, in which the new director of the Top Girls Employment Agency finds a curious method of adding to her client list. Have fun comparing the “top girls” with the women in The Comparables.


Mad Women by Jane Maas

Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the ’60s and Beyond by Jane Maas
In a new spin on the TV show Mad Men, Maas reveals just what went on among the women of power during the 1960s on Wall Street. Second-class  citizens? Yes. Powerless? Not a chance!


Shark Tales by Corcoran
Shark Tales: How I Turned $1000 into a Billion Dollar Business
by Barbara Corcoran
Using her innate organizational skills, grim determination, a strong personality and a small venture capital, Corcoran transformed herself into a wealthy, successful businesswoman with the popular TV show Shark Tank. Perhaps the women in Schellhardt’s play use some of the same tactics …

Glengarry Glen RossGlengarry Glen Ross
Like the team in The Comparables, Chicago-based Premier Properties is going under unless the fading salesmen get creative with their techniques. This movie is dialogue-rich, R-rated for language and star-studded (Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris and Kevin Spacey).


by Sophia Amoruso
The CEO of Nasty Gal talks frankly about her rise to power in online fashion retailing. If you want to be a “girlboss,” or if you work for one, read this book: it’s funny, inspiring and atypical. Real estate and the fashion business, when run successfully by women, have more in common than you might think.


For the complete list of materials chosen by our staff to augment your enjoyment of the show, click here. You can read more about the play at the Seattle Repertory Theatre website.

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