When We Were Young And Unafraid is the best play of 2014.
In the early 1970’s, Agnes (Cherry Jones) runs a bed and breakfast while raising her teenage daughter, Penny (Morgan Saylor) on an island near Seattle, Washington. The bed and breakfast is a cover for an underground battered women’s shelter. Mary Anne (Zoe Kazan, granddaughter of the legendary director Elia Kazan) is running from her abusive husband. Paul (Patch Darragh) is one of Agnes’s clients, seeking shelter from his own past. Hannah (Cherise Boothe) came to the island looking for work and the womyns group she has been following.
This play is beyond magnificent. The topics of feminism, homosexuality, abortion, spousal abuse, teenage angst is written in such a way by playwright Sarah Treem that instead of being preachy or soapboxy, it intertwines with the secrets that we all have. Put against the backdrop of the early 1970’s, when the world was changing, this play is dynamic, powerful and everything a play should be.
I highly recommend this play.