The Heidi Chronicles
Actresses Joan Allen, Joanne Camp, Anne Lange and Cynthia Nixon in a scene from the play The Heidi Chronicles, in 1989
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March 19, 2015 10:00 AM EDT

When the first Broadway revival of The Heidi Chronicles officially opens on Thursday night, starring Elizabeth Moss in the title role, the play — about a woman and her generation’s often-fraught relationship to feminism — will be more than 25 years old. But much of its subject matter is likely to resonate.

The original was a hit, spurring its move from off-Broadway to Broadway in 1989 (even though TIME’s first take on the show found that it was “like an unconscious cartoon of feminist dialectic” full of “mostly whiny and self-congratulatory cliches”). Once it was a sure thing that the Broadway version would be a hit too, the playwright explained to TIME that she had written it because she had “something to say”:

Read the full 1989 interview with Wasserstein, here in the TIME Vault: Chronicler of Frayed Feminism

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Write to Lily Rothman at lily.rothman@time.com.

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