by Brittany K. Allen
Ball Change is set at the switchboards of New York's oldest and most elite celebrity answering service, over a half-century of metropolitan mythology. Over the course of three acts, we first meet the "Belles" in their swinging 60s heyday, visit them again in the 80s, and resolve in a future that's not too far away. Via the ringing phones and the women who answer them we witness styles, slang, social norms, technology, and standards of beauty change with the years, but other things--like our culture's obsession with celebrity, and the tedious particularities of one's first "real" job, and the shiny first encounters with one's first "real" city--don't, quite. This is a play concerned with the ways many young women (in particular) come to define themselves in relation to a mirage. It's also a love/hate letter to the New York you know from the movies, as well as the bright-eyed eager beaver you used to be.