What Do Critics Think of The Whirligig Off-Broadway?

The Verdict   What Do Critics Think of The Whirligig Off-Broadway? Zosia Mamet, Norbert Leo Butz, and Grace Van Patten star in the world premiere of Hamish Linklater’s play.
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Zosia Mamet and Jonny Orsini Monique Carboni

The world premiere of Hamish Linklater’s The Whirligig officially opened May 21 at The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York City. The New Group production features a cast made up of Noah Bean, Norbert Leo Butz, Jon DeVries, Alex Hurt, Zosia Mamet, Jonny Orsini, Grace Van Patten, and Dolly Wells.

Performances began May 4 in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre and have been extended to play through June 18. The New Group artistic director Scott Elliott directs the limited Off-Broadway engagement.

In Linklater’s The Whirligig, a couple care for their estranged, ailing daughter, played by Van Patten, in Berkshire County. “Broken-hearted and giddy with love and confusion, surprising visitors from Julie's complicated past practically trip over each other to reach the young woman they thought they'd lost years before but still feel so deeply connected to,” read production notes.

Read reviews for the new play:

Deadline (Jeremy Gerard)

The Hollywood Reporter (Frank Scheck)

Newsday (Elisabeth Vincentelli)

NY Daily News (Joe Dziemianowicz)

The New York Times (Ben Brantley)

Time Out New York (Adam Feldman)

Variety (Marilyn Stasio)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

The production features scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by M.L. Dogg, original music by Duncan Sheik, special effects design by Jeremy Chernick, and fight direction by UnkleDave's Fight-House. Production stage manager is Valerie A. Peterson. Casting is by Judy Henderson, CSA.

Tickets are available by visiting TheNewGroup.org, calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, or in person at 416 West 42nd Street.

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