Though New York Times reviewer Richard Eder lauded the "absolutely first-rate cast," he found the musical "out of focus," and it closed after 24 performances. His next musical Rags closed after just four performances, but nearly 20 years later he returned with the international smash hit Wicked, now in its ninth year on Broadway.
The original cast of Working included pre-EvitaPatti LuPone and Bob Gunton and pre-Glengarry Glen RossJoe Mantegna. In their Who's Who bios, the actors and creatives reflect on their own career highlights and lowlights in and outside of the theatre, including window-washing, farming and cleaning motel toilets.
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.