Amy Freed's Freedomland, which had its New York premiere at Playwrights Horizons in late 1998, probably didn't expect to receive a revival so soon. Nonetheless, the Off-Off-Broadway company, Red Jacket Productions, is presenting the play at the Atlantic Theater Studios. The show will end its stay on March 3. The run began on Feb. 14.
The play takes its title from the name of a Wild West theme park in the Bronx, where Freed grew up. (The park was ultimately torn down in the 1960s to make way for Co-op City, a high-rise apartment.) The play, however, is not about the warm, nostalgic world of amusement parks; at its center is a distraught family with deep-seated problems. The father has been abandoned by his first wife; his second wife is a free-love refugee; his two grown daughters — an avant garde artist and a lost soul who loves to go to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings — hate each other; and his paranoid son is on the verge of going crazy.
Laramie Dennis directs a cast that features Sheffield Chastain, Jessie Hutcheson, Jack R. Marks, Lisa M. Perry, Joanna Rush, Berton Schaeffer and Edie Schechter.
Dennis has directed at a variety of Off-Off-Broadway companies over the last several years, including Soho Rep, the Flea Theatre and Theatre for the New City. With Lindsay Firman, she runs Soho Rep's playwright director theatre lab.
Tickets are $15. The Atlantic Theater Studios is located at 453 W.16th between Ninth and Tenth Avenues. Call (212) 591-0084 . —By Robert Simonson