Berman's Perfect Couple, Story of Three Friends, Gets Extra Week Off-Broadway

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The world premiere of Brooke Berman's A Perfect Couple, a play about a turbulent weekend for three longtime friends, has been extended by one week by Women's Expressive Theater (WET).

The Off-Broadway staging opened June 19 at the DR2, off Union Square, following previews from June 10. Good reviews prompted the extension. The play now runs to July 19 instead of July 12.

Maria Mileaf directs the "story about three best friends — Amy, Issac and Emma — and their young next door neighbor, Josh," according to WET notes. "After 15 years of dating/living together/taking breaks and now, moving upstate, Amy and Isaac are finally tying the knot. Emma, their single best friend, has decided to get out of the city and join them for a summer weekend in the country…[where] secrets are revealed and bonds are tested, forcing these friends to discover who they are now, versus who they thought they would become. Brooke Berman's newest play raises pressing questions about loyalty, partnerships, and modern love."

The production features Dana Eskelson (After Ashley at The Vineyard), Annie McNamara (The Sound and the Fury at NYTW), Elan Moss-Bachrach and James Waterston (The Importance of Being Earnest with Lynn Redgrave at BAM).

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The creative team includes set designer Neil Patel, costume designer Jenny Mannis, sound designer Bart Fasbender, lighting designer Matthew Richards and production stage manager Cheryl D. Olszowka. It's produced by Sasha Eden and Victoria Pettibone of WET with associate producers Ami Ankin and Azizah Rowen.

Berman is an award-winning playwright whose work has been developed and produced across the U.S. and in London (at the National Theatre and the Royal Court). Her plays include Hunting and Gathering, Smashing, Until We Find Each Other, The Triple Happiness, Sam and Lucy and Amazing. A Perfect Couple was workshopped at the National Theatre in London. Her short play Dancing with a Devil was a winner of the Heideman Award at Actors Theater of Louisville and a nominee for an American Theater Critics Best New Play Award. As a screen writer, she has written an adaptation of her play Smashing for Natalie Portman, as well as a feature called "Major Minor Details."

Performance times are Monday-Saturday at 8 PM. The DR2 is located at 103 East 15th Street (between Union Square East and Irving Place). Tickets range from $25-$35. For information call (212) 639-6200 or visit www.wetweb.org.

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Created in 1999, WET "produces media which challenges female stereotypes and advocates for equality. WET adheres to this mission by producing premiere plays by female playwrights, events promoting the work of notable female artists, and developing new screenplays and plays by women writers in WET's INKubator series."

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