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Critics Love Tigers Be Still at Roundabout Underground




Read the reviews for Kim Rosenstock’s new comedy!

Directed by Sam Gold


Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is pleased to present Tigers Be Still, a new play by Kim Rosenstock, directed by Sam Gold.

Tigers Be Still features Reed Birney (Joseph), Halley Feiffer (Sherry), Natasha Lyonne (Grace), John Magaro (Zack).

Roundabout Underground is an initiative launched in 2007 to introduce and cultivate artists in a 62-seat Black Box Theatre within the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.

Tigers Be Still is a limited engagement through Sunday, November 21st.   All tickets for Roundabout Underground productions are $20.

NEW YORK TIMES by Charles Isherwood

“A big cat is actually on the prowl in Tigers Be Still, an endearing new play by Kim Rosenstock, but nobody’s paying much attention to this alarming problem. The possibility of being eaten by a wild animal might be greeted with indifference, if not actually welcomed, by the benumbed, bewildered and bedridden characters in this quirk-addicted but heartfelt comedy.  The play opened Tuesday night at the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Black Box Theater under the sensitive direction of Sam Gold.  Ms. Rosenstock’s subtly funny dialogue and the vivid, truthful characters keep the play grounded in prickly emotional authenticity.  Mr. Gold’s has established himself as a specialist in divining myriad layers in dialogue and plumbing the depths of awkward pauses. Typical of his knack for teasing out subtext is a brief but piercing scene in Tigers Be Still when Joseph tries to cancel his dead wife’s subscription to a yoga magazine. As performed with dexterous felicity by the reliably excellent Mr. Birney, this seemingly mundane half-conversation offers us a devastating glimpse of the submerged desperation beneath Joseph’s veneer of chipper carrying on.  Ms. Lyonne is a thorough delight in the flat-out funniest role, the grief-crazed Grace, so deeply immersed in self-pity that she has cast aside any attempts at decorum.” http://nyti.ms/bBny9i

VARIETY by Marilyn Stasio

“More often than not, black-box theaters turn out to be black-hole theaters — ill-equipped basement pits where neophyte playwrights and tyro directors are indulged in unsupervised play. That is so not the case at Roundabout Underground, which Todd Haimes and curator Robyn Goodman runs with artistic acumen and a firm professional fist. Tigers Be Still, Kim Rosenstock’s quirky little drama-comedy about two terminally depressed families, gets the royal treatment here. Helmer Sam Gold’s sensitive script-wrangling and the canny work of a super-duper cast keep this charming but oh-so-delicate play from disintegrating in the harsh light of day.”  http://bit.ly/aDxw2F

ASSOCIATED PRESS by Jennifer Farrar

“Emerging playwright Kim Rosenstock has written Tigers Be Still, a wry, dark comedy that looks at two families coping with grief, anger and paralyzing depression.

Perfectly cast and thoughtfully directed by Sam Gold, the sweetly funny play is performing at the Roundabout Theatre Company’s small Black Box space as part of its Underground series that brings the work of new writers to the stage.  Natasha Lyonne is absolutely hilarious as Grace, an unkempt, weeping, self-pitying figure rolling around on the family sofa that’s covered with her used tissues and junk-food wrappers.”



“That all of this angst in Tigers Be Still is rendered in a consistently amusing manner is a testament to the burgeoning talents of the young playwright, whose work is being presented by the Roundabout Theater Company’s showcase for emerging artists.  Under the skillful direction of Sam Gold, who has made a name for himself with such acclaimed off-Broadway productions as Circle Mirror Transformation and The Aliens, the first-rate ensemble mines the rich material for all it’s worth.” http://bit.ly/9mhFRU


“There seems to be a common trait among talented contemporary playwrights: the ability to seamlessly combine comedy and drama. Theresa Rebeck, Lisa Loomer, Sarah Ruhl, David Lindsay-Abaire, Annie Baker, and a handful of others have produced bodies of theatrical work that reflects the wild absurdity of modern society along with the profound sadness and disconnection it causes. Add Kim Rosenstock to this elite group. Her new play Tigers Be Still, presented as part of the Roundabout Underground series, offers a painfully funny portrait of ordinary people trying to make their way in a suburban wasteland, stalked by the tigers of depression.  Director Sam Gold expertly keeps the comic and tragic elements in perfect balance, as does his quartet of fine actors. Tigers Be Still is a funny, ferocious, saber-toothed play you should pounce on.” http://bit.ly/cudBdz


“Kim Rosenstock’s hilarious and poignant Tigers Be Still is a new production by Roundabout Underground.  Rosenstock’s writing, Sam Gold’s direction, and the flawless cast come together to deliver a delightful concoction of pathos and comedy. Each actor is finely pitched to his or her character, and under Gold’s meticulous touch, every moment plays right on its intended target. Feiffer’s performance is a harmony of heartbreak and wit; Magaro is a master of deadpan delivery; Birney is both vulnerable and droll; and Lyonne is laugh-out-loud funny. Designer Dane Laffrey’s cleverly utilized set gets the suburban look just right. Tigers Be Still is a dark, entertaining, and insidiously moving piece by an incisive young playwright.” http://bit.ly/9Qp92n


“Let us now praise Natasha Lyonne, gifted comic actress, heir to Kathleen Turner’s flame-broiled vocal cords, and veteran of her own private wars.  She seems to have climbed out of it now and onto the stage, and the boards seem to suit her beautifully. She can now be seen as the magnificently dilapidated Grace in Kim Rosenstock’s Tigers Be Still.  She also gets to deliver laser-guided one-liners (Rosenstock’s strength), e.g., ‘There’s often a fine line between the stupidest thing you could do … and the sexiest thing you could do.’”

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY by Melissa Rose Bernardo

Tigers Be Still may be playwright Kim Rosenstock’s New York City debut, but she already knows how to win over an audience. In this case, she does so with a karaoke machine, early Madonna, and an endearingly (purposely?) off-key star in Halley Feiffer. After Feiffer performs an earnest, melodically ambiguous rendition of ‘Holiday,’ who wouldn’t root for her character?  In 105 intermission-less minutes, Rosenstock and director Sam Gold (who helmed last season’s winning Circle Mirror Transformation) accomplish something rather extraordinary: They make hanging out with despondent, angry, wayward people fun.”

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