Will Eno's Star-Packed Realistic Joneses Ends Broadway Run

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06 Jul 2014

Toni Collette and Michael C. Hall
Toni Collette and Michael C. Hall
Joan Marcus

The Broadway premiere of playwright Will Eno's The Realistic Joneses, which stars Michael C. Hall, Toni Collette, Marisa Tomei and Tracy Letts, closes on Broadway July 6, after 132 performances at the Lyceum Theatre.

The production, which officially opened April 6, played 27 previews and 105 performances. The Broadway engagement was not billed as a limited run; however, tickets had only been on sale through July 6.

Despite a cast of high-profile Hollywood and Broadway stars, the play failed to ignite at the box office the way other star-driven plays such as A Raisin in the Sun, All The Way, Of Mice and Men and Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill did. 

Critics were also left divided.  Read reviews here

The Realistic Joneses earned Drama Desk Award, Drama League Award and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations, but was overlooked by the 2014 Tony Award nominating committee.

The production marked 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.

Sam Gold (Fun Home, Seminar, Picnic) staged the play that began previews March 13. The Realistic Joneses was produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jam Theatricals, Stacey Mindich, Susan Gallin and Mary Lu Roffe.

The play about two suburban couples who share more than a surname features Letts (August: Osage County, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) 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."

The Realistic Joneses premiered at the Yale Repertory Theater in 2012. Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning actor-playwright Letts and director Gold were both part of the Yale premiere.

It has costume design by Kaye Voyce, scenic design by David Zinn, lighting design by Mike Barton and sound design by Leon Rothenberg.

The Lyceum Theatre is located at 149 West 45th Street.

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Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall and Tracy Letts
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