Still remarkably relevant, The Children’s Hour demonstrates how insidiously a lie can destroy lives. Martha and Karen run an all-girls boarding school, but when a troublemaking student spreads a rumor about a romance between them, the scandal rips apart friends and relationships. Even after the student realizes the damage she has done, she sticks by her falsehoods, leading to tragedy for the two women. Lillian Hellman’s debut play, this gripping drama ran for two years on Broadway, launching her success in writing for the stage and screen. See this provocative Intiman Theatre production, re-set in 1980s Seattle, at The Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center.
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