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New York Magazine on Collected Stories: “Two Terrific Actors, Lavin & Paulson, Tear Up The Stage”

COLLECTED STORIES opened last night at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The play by Donald Margulies, directed by Lynne Meadow featuring Linda Lavin and Sarah Paulson received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics.

Below is the New York Magazine’s rave review of the production:
The Theater Review 

The Devil’s Disciple
Linda Lavin and Sarah Paulson tear up the stage, All About Eve style, in Collected Stories.

By Stephanie Zacharek 
Published Apr 28, 2010

Early in Donald Margulies’s Collected Stories, the acclaimed and crotchety short-story writer played by Linda Lavin asks her eager, obsequious fiction-writing student (Sarah Paulson) why she ends every declarative sentence with a question mark. “I’m not absolutely certain, but I think more young women speak this way than young men. And there’s something almost poignant about it, all these capable young women somehow begging to be heard, begging to be understood. ‘Can you hear me?’ ‘Are you with me?’ ‘Am I being heard?'” She’s an exacting teacher making the ultimate demand of her student: The young woman needs not only to find her voice, but to make sure it’s a declarative one.

By the play’s end, her voice is declarative all right; in fact, it’s so big you can’t miss it. Collected Stories digs into some complex and mildly intriguing ideas: Is a writer entitled to ownership of his or her experiences, or is it okay for another writer to appropriate them? And although Margulies wrote the play in 1996 (it was a Pulitzer finalist in 1997), many young people—particularly women—are still putting that questionable question mark at the end of all their sentences.

But the real value of Collected Stories lies in the challenge it presents its two terrific actors, who spend the play parrying and sparring and cuffing each other, first with mother-and-cub affection and later with venomous resentment. Both Lavin and Paulson—under the direction of Lynne Meadow—give their all to the contest, and by the play’s end, you can see what it costs them. Lavin plays this grand-dame writer as a down-to-earth diva. She may be sharply critical of her young disciple, but she’s not inhumane. And in a confessional and vulnerable moment, when she shares the details of a youthful affair, her demeanor suddenly turns charmingly, disarmingly girlish.

Paulson is the real terror here: Her performance is brittle and precise, which is what makes it so effective. Collected Stories is essentially a high-toned All About Eve, although Paulson’s character is both less overtly devious and more horrifying than the infamous Eve Harrington. When we first meet her, she’s a perky but insecure prepster in a cotton dress. Eventually she’ll become a highly polished and ambitious performer who relishes addressing an adoring 92nd Street Y audience in a sleek black dress—not simply a writer, but something far more dreadful to behold: a literary figure. 

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COLLECTED STORIES Opens Tonight at MTC

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

COLLECTED STORIES

TO OPEN TONIGHT

AT MTC’S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

The Manhattan Theatre Club Broadway premiere of COLLECTED STORIES, by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies (Time Stands Still, Dinner with Friends), directed by Lynne Meadow (The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The Loman Family Picnic) opens tonight at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).
 
COLLECTED STORIES stars Tony Award winner Linda Lavin (The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The New Century) and Golden Globe nominee Sarah Paulson (Still Life, Killer Joe, “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”).

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2009-2010 DRAMA LEAGUE AWARD NOMINATIONS

2009-2010 DRAMA LEAGUE AWARD NOMINATIONS

Nominations for the 76th annual Drama League Awards, celebrating excellence in Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre, were announced this morning.

AS YOU LIKE IT has been nominated for Distinguished Revival of a Play.
 
A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE
has been nominated for Distinguished Production of a Play, and Distinguished Performance (Christopher Walken).

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS has been nominated for Distinguished Revival of a Play.
 
COLLECTED STORIES has been nominated for Distinguished Revival of a Play and Distinguished Performance (Linda Lavin).
 
FENCES has been nominated for Distinguished Revival of a Play and two Distinguished Performance Awards (Denzel Washington and Viola Davis).  In addition, director Kenny Leon will be honored with the Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing.

THE GLASS MENAGERIE has been nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award (Judith Ivey).

HAMLET has been nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award (Jude Law).
 
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES has been nominated for Distinguished Revival of a Musical and two Distinguished Performance Awards (Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge).
 
LEND ME A TENOR has been nominated for Distinguished Revival of a Play and two Distinguished Performance Awards (Jan Maxwell and Tony Shalhoub).

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC has been nominated for Distinguished Revival of a Musical and two Distinguished Performance Awards (Angela Lansbury and Catherine Zeta-Jones).

LOOPED has been nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award (Valerie Harper).

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET has been nominated for Distinguished Production of a Musical and two Distinguished Performance Awards (Lance Guest and Levi Kreis).

NEXT FALL has been nominated for Distinguished Production of a Play.

PRESENT LAUGHTER has been nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award (Victor Garber).
 
RAGTIME has been nominated for Distinguished Revival of a Musical and Distinguished Performance (Bobby Steggert).
 
RED has been nominated for Distinguished Production of a Play and two Distinguished Performance Awards (Alfred Molina and Eddie Redmayne).
 
THE ROYAL FAMILY has been nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award (Jan Maxwell). In addition, Rosemary Harris, a previous Distinguished Performance Award winner, will be recognized at the ceremony.
 
SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM has been nominated for Distinguished Production of a Musical and two Distinguished Performance Awards (Barbara Cook and Vanessa Williams).
 
TIME STANDS STILL has been nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award (Laura Linney).
 
THE UNDERSTUDY has been nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award (Mark-Paul Gosselaar).

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE has been nominated for Distinguished Revival of a Play and two Distinguished Performance Awards (Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Hecht).
 
WISHFUL DRINKING has been nominated for the Distinguished Performance Award (Carrie Fisher).
 
Not for profit company nominations:

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY has been honored with a nomination for Stephen Rea, a past recipient of the Distinguished Performance Award who will be honored on the dais for his work this season in AGES OF THE MOON.

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB productions have been honored with four Drama League nominations: two nominations for COLLECTED STORIES, one nomination for THE ROYAL FAMILY and one nomination for TIME STANDS STILL.

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY productions have been honored with seven nominations including three for SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM, one for THE GLASS MENAGERIE, one for PRESENT LAUGHTER, one for THE UNDERSTUDY and one for WISHFUL DRINKING.
 

TO READ THE COMPLETE LIST OF NOMINEES, VISIT: http://tinyurl.com/y4wwz35 

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Collected Stories Starts Previews Tomorrow at MTC’s Friedman Theatre

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

COLLECTED STORIES

STARTS PREVIEWS TOMORROW

BROADWAY PREMIERE OF DONALD MARGULIES’ ACCLAIMED PLAY,

DIRECTED BY LYNNE MEADOW, STARRING LINDA LAVIN & SARAH PAULSON

OPENS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28 AT MTC’S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

The Manhattan Theatre Club Broadway premiere of COLLECTED STORIES, by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies (Time Stands Still, Dinner with Friends), directed by Lynne Meadow (The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The Loman Family Picnic) starts previews tomorrow in preparation for a Wednesday, April 28 opening night at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

COLLECTED STORIES stars Tony Award winner Linda Lavin (The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The New Century) and Golden Globe nominee Sarah Paulson (Still Life, Killer Joe, “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”).

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MTC Announces “After Words: Collected Stories” Participants

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB

ANNOUNCES PARTICIPANTS FOR

“AFTER WORDS: COLLECTED STORIES”

POST-PERFORMANCE DISCUSSION PANELISTS TO INCLUDE

BEST-SELLING WRITER MARIE BRENNER,

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST KATE WALBERT,

& COLLECTED STORIES PLAYWRIGHT DONALD MARGULIES

Manhattan Theatre Club is pleased to announce guests for the upcoming session of After Words, the popular discussion panels held after selected Saturday matinees at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The latest offering will focus on the Broadway premiere of COLLECTED STORIES by Donald Margulies, directed by Lynne Meadow, starring Linda Lavin and Sarah Paulson.

On Saturday, April 17, After Words will feature Marie Brenner, bestselling author of Apples & Oranges which is currently being adapted for the stage in a Manhattan Theatre Club commission; National Book Award finalist Kate Walbert (Our Kind) and COLLECTED STORIES Pulitzer-prize winning Playwright Donald Margulies.

After Words is part of MTC’s continuing effort to deepen and enrich the play-going experience for its audiences. Held after selected Saturday matinees, these panels, featuring writers, cultural critics and journalists, provide provocative and illuminating insights into the political, cultural, and artistic contexts of the work MTC produces.

For more information on After Words, or to download a podcast of past After Words, please visit: www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

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MTC’s COLLECTED STORIES Starts Rehearsals Today

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB’S

COLLECTED STORIES

STARTS REHEARSALS TODAY

BROADWAY PREMIERE OF ACCLAIMED PLAY,

BY DONALD MARGULIES, DIRECTED BY LYNNE MEADOW,

STARRING LINDA LAVIN & SARAH PAULSON

The Manhattan Theatre Club Broadway premiere of COLLECTED STORIES, by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies (Time Stands Still, Dinner with Friends), directed by Lynne Meadow (The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The Loman Family Picnic) starts rehearsals today in preparation for a Wednesday, April 28 opening night at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). The production will start previews on Friday, April 9.

COLLECTED STORIES stars Tony Award winner Linda Lavin (The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, The New Century) and Golden Globe nominee Sarah Paulson (“Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” The Glass Menagerie on Broadway).

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.

The design team for COLLECTED STORIES includes Santo Loquasto (Scenic Design), Jane Greenwood (Costume Design), Natasha Katz (Lighting Design), and Obadiah Eaves (Sound Design).
 
For more information on MTC, please visit http://www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com 
 
TICKETING INFORMATION FOR COLLECTED STORIES

  • Single tickets to COLLECTED STORIES are available via http://www.Telecharge.com <http://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.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Please note COLLECTED STORIES is dark on Mondays:

  • FRIDAY, APRIL 9 – SUNDAY, APRIL 11: Friday and Saturday at 8 PM. Sunday at 2 PM & 7 PM. There will be no Saturday matinee for this first partial week.
  • MONDAY, APRIL 12 – 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 6: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.

BIOGRAPHY

DONALD MARGULIES (Playwright) received the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Dinner with Friends (Variety Arts Theatre (New York), Comedie des Champs-Elysees (Paris), Hampstead Theatre (London), Actors Theatre of Louisville, South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, CA); American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, Dramatists Guild/Hull-Warriner Award, Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk nominee).

His many plays include Time Stands Still (Geffen Playhouse (Los Angeles), Manhattan Theatre Club/Friedman Theatre, Comedie des Champs-Elysees); Shipwrecked! An Entertainment The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as told by himself), (South Coast Repertory, Long Wharf Theatre (New Haven), Geffen Playhouse, Primary Stages; Outer Critics Circle Award nomination); Brooklyn Boy (Manhattan Theatre Club/Biltmore Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Comedie des Champs-Elysees; American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award finalist, Outer Critics Circle nominee); Sight Unseen (Manhattan Theatre Club/Biltmore Theatre [Broadway, 2004], Manhattan Theatre Club/Orpheum Theatre [1992], South Coast Repertory, Comedie des Champs-Elysees; OBIE Award, Dramatists Guild/Hull-Warriner Award, Drama Desk nominee, Pulitzer Prize finalist); Collected Stories (Theatre Royal Haymarket (London), South Coast Repertory, Manhattan Theatre Club [1996], HB Studio/Lucille Lortel Theatre, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle/Ted Schmitt Awards, L.A. Ovation Award, Drama Desk nominee, Dramatists Guild/Hull-Warriner Award finalist, Pulitzer Prize finalist, Drama Desk nominee; MTC/Friedman [Broadway, 2010]); God of Vengeance (based on the Yiddish classic by Sholem Asch), ACT Theatre (Seattle), Williamstown (MA) Theatre Festival; Two Days (Long Wharf Theatre); The Model Apartment (Los Angeles Theatre Center, Primary Stages (New York), La Jolla (CA) Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre; OBIE Award, Drama-Logue Award, Dramatists Guild/Hull-Warriner Award finalist, Drama Desk nominee); The Loman Family Picnic (Manhattan Theatre Club, Drama Desk nominee); What’s Wrong With This Picture? (Manhattan Theatre Club, Jewish Repertory Theatre (New York), Brooks Atkinson Theatre); Broken Sleep: Three Plays (Williamstown Theatre Festival); JULY 7, 1994 (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Found A Peanut (Joseph Papp/New York Shakespeare Festival); Pitching to the Star (West Bank Café); Resting Place (Theatre for the New City); Gifted Children, Zimmer and Luna Park (Jewish Repertory Theatre).

His plays have been performed at major theatres across the United States and around the world. Theatre Communications Group has published seven volumes of his work. Dinner with Friends was made into an Emmy Award-nominated film for HBO, and Collected Stories was presented on PBS. Currently, he is adapting the novel Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides into an HBO series.

Mr. Margulies has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He was the recipient of the 2000 Sidney Kingsley Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theatre by a playwright. In 2005 he was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with an Award in Literature and by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture with its Award in Literary Arts. Mr. Margulies is an alumnus of New Dramatists and serves on the council of The Dramatists Guild of America. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1954, Mr. Margulies now lives with his wife, Lynn Street, a physician, and their son, Miles, in New Haven, Connecticut, where he is an adjunct professor of English and Theatre Studies at Yale University.
 
LYNNE MEADOW (Director) has been Artistic Director of Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) since 1972, where she has been responsible for directing and/or producing over 450 New York and world premieres. Lynne has brought MTC to the forefront of the American stage and created one of the nation’s most acclaimed not-for-profit theatres.
 
Plays developed at MTC under her leadership include Love! Valour! Compassion (with Nathan Lane), Putting It Together (with Julie Andrews), Sylvia (with Sarah Jessica Parker and Blythe Danner), Lips Together, Teeth Apart, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Crimes of the Heart, Pretty Fire, Fuddy Meers, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, Proof (with Mary Louise-Parker) and Doubt. Other New York and world premieres include The Miss Firecracker Contest (with Holly Hunter), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (with Kathy Bates), Playland (with Kevin Spacey), Other Places (with Dianne Wiest), Rabbit Hole (with Cynthia Nixon), Blackbird (with Jeff Daniels) and plays by Arthur Miller, Marsha Norman, Simon Gray, Lee Blessing, Sybille Pearson, and Israel Horowitz.
 
Lynne’s directing credits include the 2001 Tony Award-nominated production of The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife on Broadway (starring Linda Lavin, Michele Lee, and Tony Roberts) at MTC and in the U.S. national tour (with Valerie Harper); the Broadway production of A Small Family Business (with Brian Murray); Donald Margulies’ The Loman Family Picnic; and the Obie Award-winning Ashes by David Rudkin, as well as productions for The New York Shakespeare Festival, the Spoleto Festival and the O’Neill Theatre Center. She has twice been nominated for best director at the Drama Desk Awards: in 1996 for Leslie Ayvazian’s Nine Armenians and in 1988 for Alan Ayckbourn’s Woman in Mind with Stockard Channing.
 
Among Lynne’s other directing credits during her 37-year tenure at MTC are Charles Busch’s Our Leading Lady, David Greig’s The American Pilot, Neil Simon’s Rose’s Dilemma (with Mary Tyler Moore), Ron Hutchinson’s Moonlight and Magnolias, Three Sisters (with Dianne Weist, Sam Waterston, Christine Ebersole and Jeff Daniels), Golden Boy, Marsha Norman’s Last Dance, David Edgar’s The Jail Diary of Albie Sachs, Principia Scriptoriae, The Wager, Absent Friends (with Gillian Anderson and Brenda Blethyn), The Pokey, Eleemosynary, Vikings, Bits and Pieces, Blur (with Polly Draper), Biography (with Piper Laurie), Park Your Car in Harvard Yard (with Ellen Burstyn and Burgess Meredith), Captain’s Courageous (with Treat Williams), Artichoke (with Amanda Plummer), Catsplay (which transferred to the Promenade Theatre), Chez Nous, Simon Gray’s Close of Play and Sally and Marsha (with Christine Baranski and Bernadette Peters).
 
Lynne is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, where she served on the Board of Trustees. She attended the Yale School of Drama and was named a Herbert Brudkin Fellow. She has taught at Circle in the Square Theatre School, Stony Brook University, Yale University, Fordham University and New York University.
 
She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lee Reynolds Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women, the Manhattan Award from Manhattan Magazine, the Person of the Year from National Theatre Conference, the Margo Jones Award and the 2003 Mr. Abbott Award.

LINDA LAVIN
(Ruth). MTC/Broadway: The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (Tony nomination). Broadway: The Sisters Rosensweig, The Diary of Anne Frank (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award), Gypsy, Broadway Bound (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Helen Hayes awards), The Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Tony nomination), Cop Out, Story Theatre, Something Different, It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman, A Family Affair, Hollywood Arms. Off-Broadway: Cakewalk, Death Defying Acts (Obie), The Comedy of Errors (Public), The Mad Show, Oh, Kay!. Regional: Finishing the Picture, Collected Stories, Doubt. Film: The Muppets Take Manhattan, See You in the Morning, I Want to Go Home, The Backup Plan (upcoming). TV: “Alice,” “Barney Miller,” “Room for Two,” “Conrad Bloom,” “The Sopranos,” “The O.C.,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” TV Films: “The $5.20 an Hour Dream,” “A Matter of Life and Death,” “A Place to Call Home,” “Lena: My 100 Children,” “Best Friends for Life,” “The Ring,” “Collected Stories,” “Another Woman’s Child,” “The Sunset Gang” (producer). TV Specials: “Flour Babies” (producer/director), “Linda in Wonderland” (2 Emmy Awards). Cabaret: Songs and Confessions of a One-Time Waitress. National appearances include Birdland, The Metropolitan Room, Wilmington Symphony, NC. She and her husband Steve Bakunas are the Creative Directors of the Red Barn Studio Theatre in Wilmington, North Carolina. http://www.redbarnstudiotheatre.com 
 
SARAH PAULSON (Lisa). Golden Globe nominated actress Sarah Paulson, was seen last winter in Lionsgate’s Christmas Day release, The Spirit, opposite Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Mendes, and Scarlett Johansson. Adapted from the legendary comic strip, The Spirit is a classic action-adventure-romance, told by genre-twister Frank Miller (creator of Sin City). In early 2009, Paulson was seen in Rob Thomas’ ABC comedy, “Cupid,” opposite Bobby Cannavale. Paulson’s Golden Globe nominated role was in Aaron Sorkin’s “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” where she starred opposite Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Bradley Whitford, and Steven Weber. Paulson’s major television credits also include the lead role on the drama “Leap of Faith,” “Deadwood,” “Path to War” (opposite Alec Baldwin and Donald Sutherland), “Jack and Jill,” the television movie “The Long Way Home” (opposite Jack Lemmon) and the series “American Gothic” with Gary Cole.

Her film credits include Marry Harron’s The Notorious Bettie Page, Paramount’s Down with Love (with Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor and David Hyde Pierce), What Women Want (opposite Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt), The Other Sister, directed by Gary Marshall (starring Diane Keaton and Juliette Lewis), Swimmers directed by Doug Sadler and Diggers directed by Katherine Dieckmann.
 
On stage, Paulson recently starred as ‘Carrie Ann’ in Alexander Dinelaris’ Still Life at the MCC Theatre. Before that Paulson played ‘Stacey’ in Mark Schultz’ The Gingerbread House at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre opposite Bobby Cannavale. In 2008 Sarah starred in the Roundabout Theatre Production of Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart directed by Kathleen Turner. She originated the role for this production at the Williamstown Theatre Festival the previous summer. She also starred opposite Alfred Molina and Annette Bening in the critically acclaimed Cherry Orchard for the Mark Taper Forum playing ‘Varya.’ She has appeared on Broadway as ‘Laura Wingfield’ in the revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, alongside Jessica Lange as well as Wendy Wasserstein’s Tony Award-winning, The Sisters Rosensweig at the Barrymore Theatre. Her other stage credits include the Off-Broadway production of Tracy Letts’ Killer Joe (opposite Scott Glenn and Amanda Plummer) and Horton Foote’s Talking Pictures at the Signature Theatre.

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MTC Extends TIME STANDS STILL at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

 MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB EXTENDS

TIME STANDS STILL

COLLECTED STORIES TO START PREVIEWS FRIDAY, APRIL 9,

OPENING NIGHT REMAINS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28

Lynne Meadow and Barry Grove are pleased to announce an extension for TIME STANDS STILL, the critically acclaimed play written by Donald Margulies and directed by Daniel Sullivan that is currently playing to capacity audiences at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). Tickets for the play are now on sale through Saturday, March 27.

Before the start of previews, TIME STANDS STILL was extended for two weeks based on demand for tickets. The production opened Thursday, January 28 to positive reviews and word of mouth has turned the show into what Joan Hamburg calls, “a play everyone’s got to see.”

MTC’s Broadway premiere of Margulies’ COLLECTED STORIES will now begin performances on Friday, April 9 at the Friedman to accommodate the extension of TIME STANDS STILL. The production was originally to begin performances on Tuesday, April 6. Opening night for COLLECTED STORIES will remain Wednesday, April 28.

TIME STANDS STILLS opened last week to rave reviews from critics. Charles Isherwood of The New York Times called the play, “a powerful drama in a flawless MTC production. This is Donald Margulies’ finest play since the Pulitzer Prize-winning Dinner with Friends.The Daily NewsJoe Dziemianowicz said, “Laura Linney is sublime in Daniel Sullivan’s deftly directed production. Eric Bogosian and Alicia Silverstone hit all the right notes. Brian d’Arcy James has never been better in a highly charged performance.”

The productions features acclaimed actor and playwright Eric Bogosian (Talk Radio, “Law & Order: CI”), Tony Award nominee Brian d’Arcy James (Shrek, Off-Broadway’s Next to Normal), Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Laura Linney (“John Adams,” Sight Unseen on Broadway), and Golden Globe Award nominee Alicia Silverstone (Clueless, “Miss Match”).

Sarah and James, a photographer and a journalist (Laura Linney and Brian d’Arcy James), have been together for years and share a passion for documenting the realities of war. But when circumstances compel them to return home to New York and their circle of friends (Eric Bogosian and Alicia Silverstone) the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life.

To see interviews with the cast, Margulies, and Sullivan, CLICK HERE <http://www.mtc-nyc.org/current-season/time_stands_still/reviews.asp> .

For more information on MTC and TIME STANDS STILL, please visit http://www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com <http://bbbway.com/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.manhattantheatreclub.com/> .

TICKETING INFORMATION FOR TIME STANDS STILL

  • Single tickets to TIME STANDS STILL are available via http://www.Telecharge.com <http://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).
  • TIME STANDS STILL tickets range in price from $67.00-$117.00.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE FOR TIME STANDS STILL:
Please note TIME STANDS STILL is dark on Monday.

  • THROUGH SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • MONDAY, MARCH 1 – SUNDAY, MARCH 7: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM. Please note, only seven performances are on sale to the general public this week.
  • MONDAY, MARCH 8 – SUNDAY, MARCH 21: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 PM.
  • **EXTENSION** MONDAY, MARCH 22 – SATURDAY, MARCH 27: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees Wednesday, and Saturday at 2 PM. There will be no performance on Sunday, March 28.

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