read CURTAIN RISING is to watch a glistening hologram in which we see,
almost simultaneously, Lenni’s early submission, but to her pre-feminist
marriage and her eventual insurgency and transformation. From the rich
and challenging present, we are transported to days before the web offered
space for a young mother to admit she had more inspiring things to do
than to meet her mother-in-law at the airport. In midlife, Silverstein
has found a magical way to display pain and possibility. The sparkling
display itself is a sign of triumph."
-Ellen Spolsky, WORD VS IMAGE: COGNITIVE HUNGER IN SHAKESPEARE’S
"CURTAIN RISING is the splendid portrayal of a relationship that
nourishes Lenni’s independence. Its driving truthfulness and courage
encourages the growth and full creative expression of both husband and
wife, against the background of the 50s and 60s and within the cocoon
of marriage and family ambition. Finding her richness as a person enables
Lenni to see the range of her husband’s as well. The victory over
self is fierce and the acceptance of freedom genuine and promising.
A tender story and a marvelous read!"
-MeMe Riordan, Professor Emerita, Former Chair-- Dept of English, City