Ethics and Infidelity: Theresa Rebeck Comedy Poor Behavior Opens Off-Broadway Tonight

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17 Aug 2014

Katie Kreisler and Brian Avers
Katie Kreisler and Brian Avers
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The Primary Stages production of Theresa Rebeck's Poor Behavior, which explores infidelity and America, officially opens Off-Broadway Aug. 17 at the Duke on 42nd Street.

Evan Cabnet (The Model Apartment, A Kid Like Jake) directs the play that began previews July 29 and will run through Sept. 7. The play had its world premiere at the Center Theatre Group's Mark Taper Forum in 2011.

The play, which is billed as "a devilish argument about infidelity and America … about two couples spending a not-so-idyllic weekend in the country," features Heidi Armbruster (Disgraced, My Man is a Loser), Brian Avers (The Explorers Club, The Lieutenant of Inishmore), Jeff Biehl (Machinal, Master Builder) and Katie Kreisler (Nikolai and the Others, The House of Blue Leaves).

According to Primary Stages, "What if you made a mistake, years ago, that has destroyed your life, and will continue to destroy your life? Don't you owe it to some higher notion of 'goodness' to fight for your life?"

"For me, what makes the play so immediate and 'of the moment' is the search for a moral compass, for some common ground on which to agree on how to behave," Cabnet said in a previous statement. "If we as a society no longer agree to some sort of baseline moral or ethic code, then how do we know what is right and wrong, good or bad, appropriate or inappropriate? Everyone is left to their own devices, with damaging results."



Poor Behavior has scenic design by Lauren Helpern, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Jason Lyons, sound design by Jill BC Du Boff and casting by Stephanie Klapper Casting.

Rebeck was a Pulitzer Prize finalist as the co-author of Omnium Gatherum. Her plays also include Seminar, Dead Accounts, Bad Dates, The Scene and The Understudy and more. She has also authored the feature films "Harriet the Spy" and "Gossip" and earned a Peabody Award for "NYPD Blue." She was the creator of the NBC musical series "Smash."

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