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Off-Broadway Review: “The Whirligig” at the Pershing Square Signature Center’s Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre

“And the wheel goes round and round./And the flame in our souls will never burn out./And the wheel, and the wheel goes round.” – Rosanne Cash, “Wheel” Under the brooding branches that overarch Derek McLane’s visually stunning set that “goes round,” Julie’s (played with sumptuous death-dodging life by Grace Van Patten) life coalesces into a gripping surreal reality in Hamish…

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Off-Broadway Review: “All the Fine Boys” at The New Group at the Pershing Square Signature Center’s Ford Foundation Studio Theatre

Under the ruse of “receiving consent” from a minor, pedophile Joe (played with a remorseless arrogance by Joe Tippett) plays out an erotic asphyxiation fantasy with fourteen-year-old Jenny (played with a delusional naiveté by Abigale Breslin) in the basement of his suburban South Carolina home after “abducting” her from her home earlier. It does not matter whether Jenny got into…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Evening at the Talk House” Reveals a Dystopian Present at the New Group at The Pershing Square Signature Center’s Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre

“Well — in any case, the play hadn’t been terribly well-liked by the public, and it wasn’t a success, but quite a few people had enjoyed it quite a bit, including, interestingly, a certain Mr. Ackerley, who not long afterwards began to take a more and more prominent place in our national life, which, I’d have to admit, was not…

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Off-Broadway Preview: “All the Fine Boys” at the New Group at the Pershing Square Signature Center

January 13, 2017 | News, Off-Broadway, Previews > | Tags:

The New Group proudly presents the world premiere of All the Fine Boys, a new play from writer and director Erica Schmidt, featuring Abigail Breslin, Isabelle Fuhrman, Joe Tippett and Alex Wolff.  Previews begin February 14 in advance of Official Opening Night on Wednesday, March 1.  A limited Off-Broadway engagement plays through March 26 at The Pershing Square Signature Center (Ford Foundation Studio Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street). Fourteen-year-old best friends Jenny (Abigail Breslin) and Emily…

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Off Broadway Preview: Matthew Broderick Joins the New Group’s “Evening at the Talk House” by Wallace Shawn at the Pershing Square Signature Center’s Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre

The New Group has announced that two-time Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick joins Wallace Shawn’s Evening at the Talk House, with, as previously announced, Jill Eikenberry, John Epperson, Larry Pine, Wallace Shawn, Claudia Shear, Annapurna Sriram and Michael Tucker, representing full casting for this U.S. premiere directed by Scott Elliott.  Previews for Evening at the Talk House begin January 31 in advance of an Official Opening Night on February 16 at The Pershing Square Signature Center (The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, 480 West…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Sweet Charity” at the New Group at the Pershing Square Signature Center

Although it is difficult to experience a musical like “Sweet Charity” without comparing the current production at the New Group with previous productions, that is the only fair way to be critical of the current incarnation of that iconic work done by Neil Simon, Cy Coleman, and Dorothy Fields. “Sweet Charity” at the New Group at the Pershing Square Signature…

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Preview: The New Group Announces 2016-2017 Season

May 18, 2016 | News, Off-Broadway, Previews > | Tags:

The New Group has announced four productions for its 2016-2017 Season.  The company’s new season begins in Fall 2016 with the musical “Sweet Charity,” with choreography by Joshua Bergasse, directed by Leigh Silverman and featuring two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster in the title role.  The New Group’s season continues in January 2017 with the U.S. premiere of Wallace Shawn’s “Evening at the Talk House,” directed by Scott Elliott; followed by the…

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Off-Broadway Review: “The Sensuality Party” at the New Group at Baruch College

May 16, 2016 | Off-Broadway > | Tags:

The main issue with playwright Justin Kuritzkes’ new work “The Sensuality Party” is that it seriously lacks sensuality and it certainly is no party. In fact, perhaps the young author needs to get out more, see a few things, interact and experience what might be happening since the earlier sexual revolution that he (through Speaker’s words) actually claims to not…

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“The Sensuality Party” at the New Group Opens April 15, 2016

April 11, 2016 | News, Off-Broadway, Previews > | Tags:

The New Group proudly presents “The Sensuality Party” as part of its 2015-2016 season.  This New York premiere of a new play by Justin Kuritzkes was developed through The New Group’s New Group/New Works play development program.  Directed by Danya Taymor, this production will play 18 performances only at college campuses across all five boroughs of New York City, with venues including Brooklyn College, LaGuardia Community College, Gallatin School (New York University), Baruch College, Lehman…

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Review: “Buried Child” at the New Group at the Pershing Square Signature Center (Through Sunday April 3, 2016)

“Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.” ― Aldous Huxley, “Brave New World”…

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