Opening Sunday, May 15 at The Duke On 42nd Street
Preview by David Roberts
Theatre Reviews Limited
Rehearsals began the week of March 31st for the world premiere limited engagement of “A Better Place,” a new work by playwright Wendy Beckett (“Anaïs Nin: One of Her Lives,” “A Charity Case”) and directed by Evan Bergman (“Jericho”), beginning performances Wednesday, May 4 and opening Sunday, May 15 at The Duke on 42nd Street, a NEW 42ND STREET® project (229 West 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues).
Running six weeks only, “A Better Place” is presented by The Directors Company, in association with Pascal Productions.
The cast of A Better Place features Jessica DiGiovanni (“Sleepwalkers,” “Melissa’s Choice” at Theater Row), John FitzGibbon (“Murder in the First,” four episodes of the original “Hawaii Five-O”), Drama Desk Award nominee Judith Hawking (“Soldier’s Wife,” “Ivanov”), Edward James Hyland (‘Bridge of Spies,” “Machinal,” “Juno and the Paycock”), Rob Maitner (“Fairy Tales,” the world premiere production of “Urinetown,” “Sondheim Unplugged” at 54 Below), and Michael Satow (“Final Analysis,” “Under Jakob’s Ladder”).
“A Better Place” is a hilarious new play about Manhattanites’ lust for real estate. A male couple becomes transfixed by their neighbors; they can’t tear themselves away from the window. The lifestyle over there is sumptuous, and they have a quirky daughter whose tastes run to exhibitionism. Speculation begins…where did they get all that wealth? And what about the kooky brokers who regularly visit them? Who are these funny people in the glorious glass box? We all want what they have! Could it be they have attained- “A Better Place?”