Genre: Drama

Grown up siblings in Streatham, London resist their lonely future by idolizing Frank Sinatra in this 1991 play by Bernard Kops, one of Europe's best-known and most admired playwrights.Norman can't leave their family nest; his sister, Sandra, knows she must. Her new friend, Philip, is drawn into their trap to escape his painful past. This American premiere will be performed by Austin Pendleton, Katharine Cullison and Richard McElvain. Kelly Morgan directs. Playwright Bernard Kops was born in the East End of London of Dutch-Jewish working class parents in 1926. This neighborhood, in the 1950s, was rich in nascent playwrights including Harold Pinter, Arnold Wesker and Kops. Of the three, only Kops is still writing. Now 86, he has recently completed two new plays. His body of work also includes nine novels, six books of poetry, numerous radio plays and an autobiography.REVIEWS--NEW YORK"a perfectly acted production....As Sandra, Katharine Cullison conveys a potent sense of foreboding. Like the lonely Laura of 'The Glass Menagerie' and Maureen, the spinster of 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane,' Sandra is alternately endearing and frustrating. She's a complex character, given a stellar rendering here. Richard McElvain, as Norman, is more frenzied and no less intriguing as he rants, if only to hear himself speak. Austin Pendleton, as Phillip, is a sprightly and suspect presence who supplies the welcome levity." --New York Times, Ken Jaworowski"This is one hell of a play and deserves a longer run. Go see it."--Alan Miller, A Seat on the Aisle."Master craftsman Bernard Kops has fashioned a challenging play about ties that bind, creating a captivating trio of damaged characters who are full of depth but also full of terrible contradictions."--Marti Sichel, Woman Around Town."[Sandra is played] with childlike naivete by the terrific Katharine Cullison" [and Norman is played by] "the excellent Richard McElvain, simultaneously displaying affection and thinly-veiled rage....It’s both charming and pathetic to see the [con] man,...played with false-modesty and con-man swagger by Austin Pendleton, lure Sandra with tales of spiritual encounters and personal adventures."--Eleanor J. Bader, Theatre is Easy."This superbly acted production will keep you on the edge of your self-awareness for its ride through the dark reaches of your own psyche. It is simply great..."--Carole DiTosti (BlogCritics)REVIEWS--LONDON"Fills its space to the bursting-point and expands outwards with whirling centrifugal force, scattering ideas from its tight central core....[The evening] kept the first night audience so rapt that this critic found himself unable to turn a page in a notebook." -- London Times (Harry Eyres) "This intense, challenging and thoroughly accessible domestic tragicomedy...will surely prove to be one of the most important plays of the year...because of the psychological depth and complexity that Kops achieves in his economical but oh-so-potent three hander." -- Time Out London (Michael Wright)



Open:   09/12/13
Close:   09/12/13

09/12/13- 8:00
Theater:   Theater For The New City
Address:   155 First Avenue
New York, NY 10009
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