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BACK BACK BACK REVIEWED IN TIME OUT NEW YORK

MTC’S

BACK BACK BACK

RECEIVES ‘5 STARS’ IN TIME OUT NEW YORK

 

Manhattan Theatre Club‘s production of Itamar MosesBACK BACK BACK has received a five star review in today’s issue of Time Out New York, on stands now.

 

Directed by Daniel Aukin (former artistic director of Soho Rep, director of Everything Will Be Different, [sic]), the production stars Jeremy Davidson (“Army Wives,” Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at The Kennedy Center), James Martinez (U.S. Drag, “Numb3rs”), and Michael Mosley (HBO’s “Generation Kill,” NBC’s “Kidnapped”).

 

Below is the excerpted review from Time Out:

 

 

By Rob Weinert-Kendt

Excerpted from Time Out New York

November 19, 2008

 

5 STARS (OUT OF 6)

 

BACK BACK BACK

Manhattan Theatre Club

By Itamar Moses

Directed by Daniel Aukin

 

No one plays king of the hill more craftily than Itamar Moses, who has made jockeying for position among high-performing males the animating subject of his best plays so far, Bach at Leipzig and The Four of Us. Maybe that’s why BACK BACK BACK, Moses’ taut, beautifully modulated three-hander about steroid use among pro baseballers, feels like a homecoming. Sports’ ruthless meritocracy makes an ideal playground for the status struggles behind macho bonhomie, the tentative respect that flickers between rivals.

 

Athletes also make for rich characters: with their open competitive drive, they transmit a play’s worth of subtextual conflict as naturally as they move. Watch the cocky Raul (James Martinez) strut around the weight room, coiled to strike, and contrast that with wary, wiry Kent (Jeremy Davidson), who hangs back until he’s good and ready. When Kent… fixes his attention on a nervy rookie (Michael Mosley), it’s riveting. “Hold the moment,” Kent coaches the newbie, with regard to press conferences – practicing brilliantly what he preaches.

 

The play’s brief against steroids slow-cooks from the 1984 Olympics to the 2005 congressional hearings. Outrage eventually emerges – like every other telling emotion in BACK BACK BACK – with the bewildering force of a curveball pitch. Daniel Aukin‘s direction, clean as a line drive, accentuates what feels like a razor’s edge between the confidence to keep quiet and the terrible loneliness of not knowing what to say.

 

 

Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of Itamar Moses’ BACK BACK BACK is currently playing at MTC at New York City Center – Stage II (131 West 55th Street).

 

Directed by Daniel Aukin (former artistic director of Soho Rep, director of Everything Will Be Different, [sic]), the production stars Jeremy Davidson (“Army Wives,” Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at The Kennedy Center), James Martinez (U.S. Drag, “Numb3rs”), and Michael Mosley (HBO’s “Generation Kill,” NBC’s “Kidnapped”).

 

Does greatness always come with a price? Can only someone with nothing to lose tell the whole truth? From Itamar Moses, the acclaimed writer of last season’s MTC Stage II hit The Four of Us and Bach at Leipzig, comes a stirring new drama about America’s favorite pastime. BACK BACK BACK follows the turbulent careers of three very different teammates (Davidson, Martinez, and Mosley) in baseball’s steroid era whose clubhouse secrets bring them under federal scrutiny. This timely new play reveals a riveting portrait of pressure, paranoia and payback in professional sports.

 

The creative team for BACK BACK BACK includes David Zinn (scenic and costume design), David Weiner (lighting design), and Ryan Rumery & Daniel Baker (sound design).

 

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 a total of 16 Tony Awards and five Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. Renowned MTC productions include Top Girls; From Up Here; Come Back, Little Sheba; The Receptionist; 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’.  

 

This season, MTC’s Broadway stage was renamed the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The landmarked theatre has been the institution’s home on Broadway since 2003 and was rehabilitated by MTC following a two-year, $35 million capital campaign. In addition, MTC operates two theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street), its Off-Broadway home since 1984.

 

For more information on Manhattan Theatre Club, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

 

TICKETING INFORMATION

  • Via New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street), City Tix (212-581-1212) and www.nycitycenter.org: Single tickets for all Manhattan Theatre Club productions at New York City Center are available by calling CityTix at (212) 581-1212, by visiting www.nycitycenter.org or by going to the New York City Center box office. Tickets are $52.00. Group and student rates are also available. For group ticket information, call (212) 399-3000 x 4132. Student tickets are $25 and will be 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.
  • MTC Subscriptions: You can subscribe to MTC by calling (212) 399-3030, Monday – Friday, noon – 8 PM, with a major credit card. Subscriptions are available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • THROUGH SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23: Tuesday – Sunday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM.
  • MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24 – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30 (Thanksgiving Week): Monday – Wednesday at 7:30 PM, Friday – Saturday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7: Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14: Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Please note there will only be seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
  • TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21: Tuesday – Sunday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Please note there are nine performances this week.
  • MONDAY, DECEMBER 22 – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 28 (Christmas Week): Monday – Tuesday at 7:30 PM. Friday – Sunday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM. Please note there are seven performances this week.
  • MONDAY, DECEMBER 29 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 4 (New Year’s Week): Monday – Tuesday at 7:30 PM. Thursday – Sunday at 7:30 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM.

 

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