By Kenneth Jones
19 Feb 2009
|Photo by Carol Rosegg|
The play about escaping family and embracing your identity got solid reviews and was determined by the Tony Administration Committee to be eligible as a Best Play, despite its Off-Broadway and regional life over the past 19 years.
The American Plan, starring Tony and Academy Award winner Mercedes Ruehl and Lily Rabe, plays MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre at 261 W. 47th Street. Directed by Tony nominee David Grindley (Journey's End, Pygmalion), it opened on Jan. 22.
The American Plan stars Kieran Campion (Pygmalion, Journey's End), Austin Lysy (A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Delacorte), Outer Critics Circle Award winner Brenda Pressley (The First Breeze of Summer), Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominee Rabe and Ruehl.
According to MTC, "It is the Catskill Mountains in the early 1960s, and Lili Adler (Rabe) and her mother Eva (Ruehl) are spending the summer across the lake from a bustling hotel where comics entertain and buffets overflow. When a handsome young stranger (Campion) enters their world, the emotionally fragile Lili finds herself falling in love. But once her imperious mother learns of their relationship, lies are exposed, alliances are forged and Lili's one chance to escape her mother's control may be lost forever."
The creative team includes Jonathan Fensom (scenic and costume design), Mark McCullough (lighting design), Darron L West & Bray Poor (sound design) and Tom Watson (wig design).
For tickets visit Telecharge.com or call (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250.
For more information visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.