The play version of “The Graduate” is a different animal altogether. It’s still funny, and trenchant, but it’s also dark and touching — AND it’s much more about the women in Benjamin Braddock’s world.
There’s Elaine, who plays a much bigger, and more proactive, role in her own life. (In the movie she was more of a symbol of innocent girlhood than a real person.)
And then there’s Mrs. Robinson. She’s still seducing, and drinking, but she’s also a deeply desperate and frustrated person. She left college to get married when she got pregnant. Her daughter has left home. She spends her days silently and drunkenly raging.
What’s more, there’s much more story about this mother and daughter, which is some of the best stuff in the play.
Do catch it — it’s not the movie, and it’s a fascinating piece of work.