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Manhattan Theatre Club‘s acclaimed production of Richard Greenberg‘s THE AMERICAN PLAN begins the final two weeks of its extended engagement tonight at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).


The production, directed by Tony Award nominee David Grindley (Journey’s End), will end its run on Sunday, March 22 after playing 23 previews and 69 regular performances.


THE AMERICAN PLAN was hailed by critics and received an extended engagement at the Friedman.


Below is a sampling of what the critics said about the production:


  • “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


  • SPELLBINDING ENTERTAINMENT. A MUST-SEE. This splendid MTC production is smart, entertaining and keeps us guessing until the end, leaving haunting mysteries rippling out behind.”

– Charles Isherwood, The New York Times


  • 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


THE AMERICAN PLAN 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 Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg; a relationship that includes the original Off-Broadway 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. Pending availability, student rush tickets may be offered 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.




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