The Verdict: See What Critics Thought of Steve Martin's Meteor Shower

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Jenna Fischer and Greg Germann are featured in the “adult comedy” at the Old Globe.
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Josh Stamberg and Jenna Fischer Jim Cox

Actor/composer/playwright Steve Martin continues his busy theatrical year this summer with the world premiere of his new non-musical play Meteor Shower, which officially opened August 7 at San Diego's Old Globe.

Previews began July 30, and the limited engagement has already been extended to September 7.

Directed by Gordon Edelstein, the Meteor Shower cast features Jenna Fischer (Emmy Award nominee as Pam Beesly on The Office) as Corky, Greg Germann (Broadway’s Boeing-Boeing, original production of Assassins) as Norm, Alex Henrikson (Fish in the Dark and The Snow Geese on Broadway) as Laura and Josh Stamberg (series regular on The Affair, Off-Broadway’s Distracted) as Gerald.

Martin's “adult comedy” concerns "two married couples who gather to watch a celestial event." Production notes warn, “Get ready for the unexpected when Norm and his wife Corky invite another couple to their Ojai backyard to watch a meteor shower in the night sky. As the stars come out and the conversation gets rolling, cocktails flow, tempers flare, and sparks fly—literally. Steve Martin’s surprising new comedy takes an offbeat and absurdist look at the comic anxiety lurking just beneath the surface of modern marriage.”

Critics are filing their reviews, linked below. Playbill.com will add more links as reviews are posted:

Los Angeles Times

San Diego Union-Tribune

Also on the creative team: Michael Yeargan (scenic design), Jess Goldstein (costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design), John Gromada (original music and sound design), Caparelliotis Casting (casting), Kathy Snyder (production stage manager) and Annette Elena Nixon (stage manager).

The premiere comes just five months after the opening of Martin's short-lived, Tony-nominated musical Bright Star, written with Grammy winner Edie Brickell. Meteor Shower is a co-production with Connecticut's Long Wharf Theatre, which will present it September 21–October 16.

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