Read Reviews for the Off-Broadway Premiere of The House That Will Not Stand

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Marcus Gardley's New Orleans-set drama continues its run at New York Theatre Workshop.
The_House_That_Will_Not_Stand_New_York_Theatre_Workshop_2018_Lynda Gravátt and Marie Thomas in THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND at NYTW, Photo by Joan Marcus_HR.jpg
Lynda Gravátt and Marie Thomas Joan Marcus

A widow and her three daughters are at the center of Marcus Gardley's 19th century New Orleans play, The House That Will Not Stand, now receiving its Off-Broadway premiere at New York Theatre Workshop. Obie Award winner Lileana Blain-Cruz directs the production, which began performances July 11 and officially opened July 30.


Inspired by Federico García Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba, Gardley's The House That Will Not Stand is set in New Orleans in the early 1800s as power over the state is transferred from France to the United States. The fate of one household, and its free women of color, hangs in the air.

The cast is made up of Helen Hayes Award nominee Joniece Abbott-Pratt (Blindspot, Luke Cage), Juliana Canfield (He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box), Helen Hayes Award nominee Harriett D. Foy (Amélie), Helen Hayes Award winner Lynda Gravátt (This Flat Earth), Nedra McClyde (Marvin’s Room), Marie Thomas (Having Our Say), and Tony Award nominee Michelle Wilson (Sweat).

Read reviews for The House That Will Not Stand below. Check back for updates.

The Hollywood Reporter (Frank Scheck)

New York Magazine / Vulture (Sara Holdren)

The New York Times (Ben Brantley)

Time Out (Helen Shaw)

The Wrap (Rober Hofler)

Performances are scheduled through August 12.

Gardley's plays include Every Tongue Confess; On The Levee; X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation; And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi; and dance of the holy ghost.

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