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MTC’s COLLECTED STORIES hailed by critics




Linda Lavin is


Sarah Paulson is

“TERRIFIC!” -New York Magazine

“An engaging tale with intelligence and sharp, literate humor.” -New York Times

The Manhattan Theatre Club production of COLLECTED STORIES by Donald Margulies, directed by Lynne Meadow featuring Linda Lavin and Sarah Paulson opened last night to overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics.

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

“Linda Lavin raises an eyebrow and communicates more than a lesser actor might squeeze from a long monologue. She knows this woman down to her fingertips, investing Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies’ words with a piercing truth. Sarah Paulson gives an effective performance. Her teary earnestness in the climactic scene rings true.”
–     Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

“Lovingly directed by Lynne Meadow, Donald Margulies delivers an engrossing play with characters that are interesting, intelligent women.”
–     Linda Winer, Newsday

“Linda Lavin is brilliant. She’s a marvel to watch in this splendid Manhattan Theatre Club production. Lynne Meadow skillfully guides the cast through Margulies’ absorbing exploration of power, betrayal and morality.”
–     Joe Dziemianowicz, New York Daily News

“Sarah Paulson is terrific. Her performance is brittle and precise, which is what makes it so effective. She and Linda Lavin tear up the stage All About Eve style.”
–     Stephanie Zacharek, New York Magazine

“An exemplary revival of an engrossing play in the expert hands of Linda Lavin and Sarah Paulson. Lavin is a joy to watch. She gives one of those complete, nuanced performances with astonishing fidelity. Paulson is a fine actress giving an adept, profound portrait.”
–     Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press

“Funny, powerful, and satisfying with sensitive direction by Lynne Meadow. Linda Lavin is brilliant and commanding as ‘Ruth Steiner,’ while Sarah Paulson is very good as ‘Lisa Morrison.’”
–     Robert Feldberg, Bergen Record

“So profound that all breathing in the auditorium seems to magically cease. There’s plenty to savor in Donald Margulies’ endlessly perceptive play. Linda Lavin’s performance is the stuff of superlative acting while Sarah Paulson charts her character’s transformation with commendable subtlety. Both actresses profit from Lynne Meadow’s astute guidance.”
–     David Finkle, Theatermania

The design team for COLLECTED STORIES includes Santo Loquasto (Scenic Design), Jane Greenwood (Costume Design), Natasha Katz (Lighting Design), and Obadiah Eaves (Sound Design).
This acclaimed drama chronicles the relationship between two female writers – a celebrated New York author (Lavin) and her young protégé (Paulson). As their fascinating story evolves, and the line between fact and fiction blurs, the twists and turns of this complex relationship weave a play that’s as smart and witty as it is powerful.

Lavin and Meadow reunite for this Broadway premiere after working together on MTC’s hit production of The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.
For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

  • Single tickets to COLLECTED STORIES are available via www.Telecharge.com; by telephone at (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250 if outside the NY metro area; and at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre box office (261 West 47th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue).
  • COLLECTED STORIES tickets range in price from $57.00-$97.00.

Please note COLLECTED STORIES is dark on Mondays:

  • THROUGH SUNDAY, MAY 2: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, MAY 3 – SUNDAY, JUNE 13: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

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