By Kenneth Jones
03 Mar 2013
|Photo by Joan Marcus|
Three-time Emmy Award winner Laurie Metcalf plays a medical professional whose mind is breaking down. Her husband (played first by Daniel Stern, later replaced by the current Bill Pullman) must navigate emotional land mines as his headstrong wife deteriorates. Those in her orbit in the 75-minute play, directed by Joe Mantello, also include Zoe Perry (Metcalf's real-life daughter) and John Schiappa.
Manhattan Theatre Club had previously extended the limited engagement to March 3. Performances play MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre at 261 W. 47th Street. White's mysterious drama opened Jan. 10 following previews from Dec. 11, 2012. (Its world premiere in 2011 was produced by Off-Broadway's MCC Theater.)
Audiences and critics alike have observed that the complexity of both the writing and Metcalf's performance make it seem like there are two leading ladies at the center of the trim 75-minute work: a composed medical professional at the top of the show and a fractured creature at play's end. Metcalf is a likely candidate for a Best Actress Tony Award nomination; the play (with its small cast and provocative style) is poised to have a wide life in regional theatres.
For its extended spring 2011 run by MCC Theater at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, The Other Place was nominated for two Outer Critics Circle Awards, a Drama League Award, and three Lucille Lortel Awards. Read the Playbill.com interview with the playwright.
Metcalf won an Obie Award and a Lucille Lortel Award for her performance. Read the recent Playbill magazine feature about Metcalf.
For more information, visit ManhattanTheatreClub.com.