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“Richard Greenberg’s elegant and incisive play

has been given the revival it deserves by Manhattan Theatre Club.

I can’t imagine a production being more artful than this one.”

— Ben Brantley, The New York Times


The Manhattan Theatre Club production of Richard Greenberg‘s THE AMERICAN PLAN is being hailed by critics following last week’s star-studded opening at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).


Below is a sample of what the critics had to say about the production:


“EXQUISITE. Richard Greenberg’s drama crackles with friction and muted suspense, stoked by the throb of stifled desires. David Grindley and his cast make the play as engaging and pot boiling as a soap opera. Mercedes Ruehl is masterly while the distinctive Lily Rabe summons exactly the gamines of the period.”

  • Ben Brantley, The New York Times


BRILLIANT. Written with charismatic eloquence by Richard Greenberg. Lily Rabe continues to blossom into one of the most beguiling stage actresses of her generation.” 

  • Elysa Gardner,USA Today


“ASTUTE, COMPELLING, AND FUNNY. Lily Rabe is picture-perfect. As Mercedes Ruehl plays her, Eva is force of nature. The American Plan scintillates.”

  • John Lahr, The New Yorker


“A FUN RIDE. Mercedes Ruehl is marvelous. You will love her even more after you see the show.”

  • David Richardson, WOR Radio


“MESMERIZING. An absorbing reflection on relationships carved out of disappointment and resignation. The acerbic wit of Greenberg’s dialogue and the frequent acuity of his psychological insights keep The American Plan engrossing.  Mercedes Ruehl’s flamboyance and natural authority make Eva a fascinating figure. Lily Rabe, who is rapidly growing into one of the most compelling young actresses on the New York stage, gives her role a marvelous, fragile complexity. She’s mesmerizing.”

  • David Rooney, Variety


“Think The Glass Menagerie and The Light in the Piazza, in the looming shadow of Brokeback Mountain. Mercedes Ruehl is a force of nature.”

  • Barbara Hoffman, New York Post


“THE CAST SHINES. This is Lily Rabe’s finest, most complex performance so far. Kieran Campion, Brenda Pressley, and a particularly fine Austin Lysy bring nuance to their roles.”

  • Joe Dziemianowicz, The Daily News


“AN EVENING FULL OF SURPRISES. Mercedes Ruehel is a great treat. A smart and funny actress who knows how to command the stage, she dives headlong into her juicy role. David Grindley does a fine job. Compelling!”  

  • Robert Feldberg,The Bergen Record


“EXCELLENT. Theatergoers would be hard-pressed these days to find a play as emotionally and thematically complex as Richard Greenberg’s The American Plan, now being given an excellent revival by Manhattan Theatre Club. A worthy production thanks in large part to Jonathan Fensom’s elegant scenic design and Mark McCullough’s atmospheric lighting design.”

  • Andy Propst, Theatermania



Richard Greenberg’s THE AMERICAN PLAN is currently playing at MTC’s Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The play, directed by Tony nominee David Grindley (Journey’s End, Pygmalion), stars Kieran Campion (Pygmalion, Journey’s End), Austin Lysy (A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Delacorte), Outer Critics Circle Award winner Brenda Pressley (The First Breeze of Summer), Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominee Lily Rabe and Tonyâ and Academy Awardâ winner Mercedes Ruehl.


It is the Catskill Mountains in the early 1960s, and Lili Adler (Rabe) and her mother Eva (Ruehl) are spending the summer across the lake from a bustling hotel where comics entertain and buffets overflow. When a handsome young stranger (Campion) enters their world, the emotionally fragile Lili finds herself falling in love. But once her imperious mother learns of their relationship, lies are exposed, alliances are forged and Lili’s one chance to escape her mother’s control may be lost forever.


The Broadway production of THE AMERICAN PLAN will mark MTC’s eighth collaboration with Richard Greenberg; a relationship that includes the original New York production of THE AMERICAN PLAN which premiered in 1990 at MTC at New York City Center – Stage II and then transferred to Stage I. Other MTC productions of Greenberg plays include: Eastern Standard, The Extra Man, Jenny Keeps Talking, Night and Her Stars, the Pulitzer Prize nominated Three Days of Rain, and The Violet Hour.


The creative team for THE AMERICAN PLAN includes Jonathan Fensom (scenic and costume design), Mark McCullough (lighting design), Darron L West & Bray Poor (sound design), and Tom Watson (wig 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.



  • Via Telecharge.com: Single tickets to THE AMERICAN PLAN are available via Telecharge.com by telephone at (212) 239-6200, (800) 432-7250 outside the NY metro area and online at Telecharge.com. For group ticket information, call (800) 432-7780. 
  • Via the Samuel J. Friedman Box Office: Tickets are available at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office (261 West 47th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue). Tickets range in price from $56.50-$106.50. Student rush tickets are available the day of the performance at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office for $26.50.
  • 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.



  • THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 1: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 3 – SUNDAY, MARCH 8: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note there are only seven performances on sale to the general public this week.
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 10 – SUNDAY, MARCH 15: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.


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