The Realistic Joneses marks the Broadway playwriting debut of Eno, whose works include Middletown, Title and Deed and the solo show Thom Pain (based on nothing), which was a 2004 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
According to the official website for Realistic Joneses, the play will begin previews March 13 towards an April 6 opening night at the Lyceum, which is currently home to A Night With Janis Joplin. Producers of the Joplin jukebox musical announced Jan. 21 that the Broadway production would end, with a March return at a New York City venue to be announced.
Tickets for The Realistic Joneses will go on pre-sale for AmEx cardholders Jan. 24 at 10 AM. Members of the general public will be able to purchase tickets beginning Feb. 8 via Telecharge.com.
The Realistic Joneses premiered at the Yale Repertory Theater in 2012. Sam Gold ( Fun Home, Seminar), who staged the premiere, will return for the Broadway engagement. Also returning from the original production will be two-time Tony Award winner Letts ( August: Osage County, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). The original cast also featured Parker Posey, Johanna Day and Glenn Fitzgerald.
The play about two suburban couples who share more than a surname will feature Letts as Bob and Tony and Academy Award nominee Collette ( The Wild Party, "The Sixth Sense") as his wife Jennifer, with Hall ("Dexter," "Six Feet Under," Chicago) and Academy Award winner Tomei ("My Cousin Vinnie," "The Wrestler") as John and Pony, respectively.
Here's how the play is billed: "In The Realistic Joneses, we meet Bob and Jennifer and their new neighbors, John and Pony, two suburban couples who have even more in common than their identical homes and their shared last names. As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities. This contemporary comedy explores how our joys and sorrows – and how we choose to face them – can come to define our lives."