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"We Can Do It!"

After World War II, American soldiers returned home to reclaim their factory jobs. Many of the women that had held those positions throughout the war were content to leave them — who needs rivets when you have ultra glamorous hairstyles and a brand new product called Tupperware to toy with? But not all of these ladies were so eager to play Suzy Homemaker.

Michele Lowe’s Mezzulah, 1946 tells the story of a young woman who isn't quite ready to leave the production line. The titular character is a strong, 19-year-old Boeing airplane plant employee who refuses to settle for domestic life. See, Mezzulah never went to school for aeronautical training. But she has a hunch about what the next generation of planes should look like. "[She's] an iconic American woman, a genius denied," says the play's Producing Director Louis Tyrrell. "She is an everywoman with both strength and vulnerability.”

See Mezzulah’s story unfold tonight at Florida Stage, 262 S. Ocean Blvd. in Manalapan. Performances run Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with additional shows at 7 p.m. Sunday and 2 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday through January 19. Tickets cost $42 and up. Call 800-514-3837, or visit floridastage.org.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Dec. 27. Continues through Jan. 18, 2008

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Erin Hilburn

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