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MTC’s That Face opens to acclaim from critics




A DEVASTATING and SHOCKING portrait of a wealthy family in meltdown, ELEGANTLY delivered.”
Jesse Oxfeld, New York Observer

Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of THAT FACE by Polly Stenham, directed by Sarah Benson (Blasted, Artistic Director of Soho Rep) opened Tuesday to acclaim from critics. 

The cast features Christopher Abbott (Good Boys and True at Second Stage), Maïté Alina (Off-Broadway debut), Betty Gilpin (Good Boys and True and Boys’ Life at Second Stage), Cristin Milioti (The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter at NYTW), Laila Robins (Frozen), and Victor Slezak (Salome) and plays at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

Below is a sampling from some of the reviews:

“An absolutely exhilarating theatrical experience.”
–Matt Windman, AM New York

“THAT FACE is a 90-minute emotional roller-coaster.”
–Jennifer Farrar, Associated Press
“Polly Stenham has a natural and precocious gift for creating big theatrical moments and dry gallows humor.”
–Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“23-year-old British playwright Polly Stenham has an amazing talent.”
–Jesse Oxfeld, New York Observer

“Bloody mayhem! Director Sarah Benson’s production is stylish and bracing, sending her actors fearlessly tearing through the decayed squalor.”
–David Cote, Time Out NY
“Sarah Benson’s subtle direction wrings dark humor from Stenham’s sarcastic, rage-filled writing, allowing each character to display his or her fragile psychological states.”
–Jennifer Farrar, Associated Press

“Stenham writes with a raw fearless streak, and Sarah Benson’s production for MTC plays it to the hilt. It’s ‘Extreme Dysfunction: Home Edition.’”
–Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News

“THAT FACE jumps straight into the deep end of the pool. Enter at your own risk.”
–Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Post

“Laila Robins’ intense performance recalls Martha in ‘Virginia Woolf’ and Blanche in ‘Streetcar.’”
–Matt Windman, AM New York

“Christopher Abbott’s sensitive acting conveys the depths of Henry’s growing despair.”
–Jennifer Farrar, Associated Press
“Cristin Milioti gives a funny, sad, and otherwise beautifully articulated performance.”
–Marilyn Stasio, Variety

“A sensational work about the ultimate dysfunctional family. The characters are so sharply defined that they seemed etched in reality.”
–Barbara & Scott Siegel, Theatermania

For more information on MTC and THAT FACE, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

  • Tickets for THAT FACE are available via New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street), CityTix® (212-581-1212) and www.nycitycenter.org.
  • Tickets for THAT FACE are $75.

Please note: THAT FACE is dark on Mondays:

  • THROUGH SUNDAY, MAY 23: Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 7:00 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, MAY 24 – SUNDAY, MAY 30: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM, Wednesday at 1:00 PM.
  • MONDAY, MAY 31 – SUNDAY, JUNE 27: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM

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