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Sally and Marsha is a comedy-drama, written by Sybille Pearson and directed by Lynne Meadow. It opened February 9, 1982, at the Off-Broadway Manhattan Theatre Club Stage 73 and ran for 56 performances. It starred Bernadette Peters as Sally and Christine Baranski as Marsha.

This production marked the return of Bernadette Peters to the stage after eight years, when she joined the production four days before rehearsal.[1]



Sally, a housewife from South Dakota, moves into an apartment in New York City. She is an unsophisticated young mother with two small children, whose husband travels. She meets her neighbor, Marsha, a native New Yorker whose husband is a resident in orthopedics. Marsha is a cynical and neurotic native New Yorker. Throughout the course of the play, the women discuss their respective views on life. Although outwardly different, they come to be supportive of each other.


New York Times theatre critic Frank Rich wrote: "Every once in a while, her [Pearson] play spills beyond its rigid formula to give us honest, even touching glimpses of its heroines' lives....Sally is the perfect Peters role-an indomitable waif adrift in the big city."[2]

Peters received a Drama Desk Award nomination.


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