Performances continue through April 13 at the Laura Pels in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street).
Directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon (Clybourne Park, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), the Pulitzer Prize-winning work features Tony Award nominee Shamos (Clybourne Park, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Assembled Parties) as Gabe, Pettie (Butley) as Tom, Hinkle ("Two and a Half Men," Electra) as Karen and Burns (Signature Theatre Company's Medieval Play) as Beth.
According to the Roundabout, "Ever since Karen (Hinkle) and Gabe (Shamos) played matchmaker with their friends Beth (Burns) and Tom (Pettie), the two couples have been inseparable—going to the Vineyard every summer, raising their kids and enjoying countless dinners together. But when one marriage unexpectedly crumbles, the couples' lives begin to veer in opposite directions. Can these four friends move on to the next chapter without moving apart… or have they changed beyond recognition?"
The design team includes Allen Moyer (sets), Ilona Somogyi (costumes), Jane Cox (lights) and Joshua Schmidt (original music and compositions).
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.