Sharr White's The Other Place stars three-time Emmy Award winner Laurie Metcalf as a medical professional whose mind is breaking down. Her husband 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 recently extended the production to March 3. Performances play MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre at 261 W. 47th Street. White's mysterious play 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.
Mantello is the two-time Tony-winning director of Other Desert Cities, Wicked, Assassins, Take Me Out and Love! Valour! Compassion!
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