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Review: Becomes a Woman Finally Comes to the Stage
February 27, 2023, 10:19.48 pm ET

Photo: Todd Cerveris

By Brian Scott Lipton

How do you measure a year in the life? In the landmark musical “Rent,” Jonathan Larson suggested everything from midnights to sunsets to cups of coffee. But for Francie Nolan, the protagonist of Betty Smith’s heretofore unproduced play “Becomes a Woman,” now being presented by the Mint Theatre, a year’s events include her first date, a short-lived affair that results in pregnancy, abandonment and a pro-forma marriage, eviction from her childhood home, and – eventually – the development of inner strength and independence that changes her from a “girl” to a “woman.” Continue reading...