What Do Critics Think of Animal Off-Broadway?

The Verdict   What Do Critics Think of Animal Off-Broadway?
Clare Lizzimore’s dark comedy stars Rebecca Hall at the Atlantic Theater Company.
Rebecca Hall
Rebecca Hall and David Pegram Ahron R. Foster

The New York premiere of Clare Lizzimore's play Animal officially opened June 6 at Atlantic Theater Company, with a cast led by Machinal star and Golden Globe nominee Rebecca Hall.

Gaye Taylor Upchurch directs the Off-Broadway production, which has been extended to play through July 2.

In Lizzimore’s dark comedy, Hall plays Rachel, a wife and successful career woman who seemingly has it all, until she suddenly begins to have visions. Animal is about “the underside of domesticity, the complexity of the brain in chaos, and the thin line between sinking and survival,” read production notes from the Atlantic.

Rounding out the cast are Kristin Griffith (Bottom of the World), Greg Keller (Our Mother’s Brief Affair), David Pegram (War Horse), Morgan Spector (A View from the Bridge), and Fina Strazza (Matilda the Musical).

Read critics’ reviews below:

Entertainment Weekly (Joe McGovern)

The Hollywood Reporter (Frank Scheck)

The New York Times (Ben Brantley)

NY Daily News (Joe Diemianowicz)

Time Out New York (Sandy MacDonald)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

Animal began performances May 24 at Atlantic Stage 2, located at 330 West 16th Street, New York.

The production features scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Sarah J. Holden, lighting design by Bradley King, sound design by Stowe Nelson, original music by Daniel Kluger, and casting by Caparelliotis Casting: David Caparelliotis, CSA and Lauren Port, CSA and Joseph Gery.

Tickets can be purchased online at Atlantictheater.org, by calling OvationTix at (866) 811-4111, or in person at the Linda Gross Theater box office, located at 336 West 20th Street, New York.


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