Blood Relations

Reception and interpretation

In discussing the difference between Blood Relations and her earlier work, Pollack said "people who don't like social comment plays seem to think I've ‘moved' considerably and I'm finally beginning to concentrate on character, that I've learned a few character traits and maybe they can expect some ‘better' work from me.”[3]

Ann Saddlemyer identifies a clear feminist message in Blood Relations, stating that "In many ways the play epitomizes the strengths and originality of theatre about women imprisoned in a man-ordered universe."[4] says in Rough Justice: Essays on Crime in Literature.

Mary Pat Mombourquette notes in the International Encyclopedia of Theatre that Pollock does not permit passivity in the audience, "...instead she demands that the audience acknowledge that the act of judging makes them active participants in the theatrical event."[5]


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