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FROM UP HERE OPENS TO CRITICAL PRAISE

CRITICAL PRAISE FOR

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

PRODUCTION OF LIZ FLAHIVE’S

FROM UP HERE

 

AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE I

 

Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of Liz Flahive’s FROM UP HERE opened last night to critical acclaim. Directed by Leigh Silverman (Yellow Face, Well), this limited engagement is currently playing at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street) through June 8.

 

A BREATH OF FRESH AIR. Liz Flahive‘s comedy-drama is mysterious, moving and insightful, with an excellent cast led by the delightful Tony®-winning Julie White.”

New York Times

 

HIP & SMART! What makes this play special is its uncanny ability to evoke deep feelings. From where I sit, FROM UP HERE introduces a fresh new voice!”

Daily News

 

A bright, absorbing 100-minute comedy-drama with first-rate acting from all.  Promising playwright Liz Flahive treats the story with smarts, humor and skill. It will certainly intrigue teens as much as their elders.”

– The Star-Ledger

 

MARVELOUS! A gem of a debut. Director Leigh Silverman’s production is near-flawless.”

New York Sun

 

SUPERB. One of the best and most emotionally satisfying works this season. When so much of today’s theater is like a cocktail made up of two parts cynicism, one part irony, and a spritz of wit, FROM UP HERE is like the perfect martini.”

– Theatermania.com

 

This production is presented in association with Ars Nova (Jason Eagan, Artistic Director; Jon Steingart and Jenny Wiener, Executive Producers).

 

The cast features Jenni Barber (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) as ‘Kate’, Arija Bareikis (The Last Night of Ballyhoo) as ‘Caroline,’ Aya Cash (The Pain and the Itch) as ‘Lauren,’ Brian Hutchison (Proof) as ‘Daniel,’ Will Rogers (100 Saints You Should Know) as ‘Charlie,’ Tobias Segal (Doris to Darlene) as ‘Kenny,’ Joel Van Liew (Well) as ‘Mr. Goldberger/Stevens,’ and Tony Awardâ winner Julie White (The Little Dog Laughed) as ‘Grace.’

 

In FROM UP HERE, Kenny (Segal) did something that has his mother (White) and everyone around him worried. He wishes he could just make it through the rest of his senior year unnoticed, but that’s going to be hard since he has to publicly apologize to his entire high school. At home, his family is struggling with second marriages, surprise visits, school dances and forgotten dry cleaning.

 

The creative team includes Allen Moyer (scenic design), Mattie Ullrich (costume design), Pat Collins (lighting design), Jill BC DuBoff (sound design), Tom Kitt (original music), and David Caparelliotis (casting).

 

Special thanks to the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting new American plays and musicals at Manhattan Theatre Club.

 

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. MTC productions have earned numerous awards, including 16 Tony Awards and five Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. Renowned MTC productions include LoveMusik; Blackbird; Translations; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Kimberly Akimbo; Love! Valour! Compassion!; Sylvia; Four Dogs and a Bone; Putting  It Together; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain’t Misbehavin’

 

In 2003, MTC reopened Broadway’s landmark, long-neglected Biltmore Theatre, following a two-year, $35 million capital campaign. In addition to the Biltmore, MTC operates two theatres at New York City Center, its Off-Broadway home since 1984.

 

During Meadow’s sabbatical this season, Daniel Sullivan, a close associate of MTC and director of several Manhattan Theatre Club productions (Rabbit Hole, Brooklyn Boy, Sight Unseen, Proof, Psychopathia Sexualis), is serving as Acting Artistic Director. Sullivan will continue consulting with Meadow and MTC’s artistic staff on the 2007-2008 season. Meadow will return to MTC for the 2008-2009 season and will consult on the planning of that season.

 

As New York’s premier hub for emerging artists and new work, Ars Nova  develops and produces eclectic theatre, comedy and music to feed today’s popular culture. Ars Nova strives to create daring collaborations, meld disciplines and give voice to a new generation of artists. Past productions include Dixie’s Tupperware PartyAt Least It’s Pink25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, Holy Cross Sucks and The Wau Wau Sisters. Ars Nova was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener. For more information, visit www.arsnovanyc.com

 

For information on how to subscribe to Manhattan Theatre Club, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

 

TICKET INFORMATION

Single tickets for all Manhattan Theatre Club productions at New York City Center are available by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212. Tickets are $75.00. Group and student rates are available. For group ticket information, call (212) 399-3000 x 4132. Student tickets are $25 and are on sale for all performances based on availability on the day of the performance, up to one hour before showtime. Call (212) 581-1212 for further information. MTC at New York City Center is accessible to people with disabilities and is equipped with a hearing augmentation system. 

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

  • Through Sunday, April 20: Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00pm, Sunday at 7:00pm, Saturday & Sunday at 2:00pm.
  • Tuesday, April 22 – Sunday, June 8: Tuesday – Saturday at 8:00pm; Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday at 2:00pm.

 

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