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Plays as funny and moving, as wonderful and weird as "The Realistic Joneses," by Will Eno, do not appear often on Broadway. Or ever, really.
Charles Isherwood, The New York TimesBuy Tickets
The Realistic Joneses is a tender, contemporary comedy about two couples who live next door to one another, but begin to share more than a fence-line. When the boundaries between their relationships begin to blur, they must start to separate their imperfect reality from their fantasies.
The Realistic Joneses comes to the Lyceum Theatre following a critically heralded run at Yale Repertory Theatre. Returning to reprise the role of Bob is Tracy Letts, Tony Award winner and writer of August: Osage County. Academy Award nominee Toni Collette stars as his wife Jennifer, while the play's other couple, John and Pony, are played by Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) and Academy Award Winner Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny).
This is the Broadway debut for playwright Will Eno. Known for his dry humour and uniquely off-kilter dialogue, he's been steadily building a reputation as one of America's most vital young voices ever since his 2004 piece Thom Pain (Based on Nothing). Handling the reigns of this production is Sam Gold, who like Eno, has garnered critical acclaim for his off-Broadway work.
The Realistic Joneses is a darkly comic tale of married life wrought against the backdrop of existential crisis and mental illness. John and Pony Jones have just moved in next door to Bob and Jennifer Jones. The two couples first meeting is a rather awkward one, with thinly disguised disdain lacing the conversation. It soon becomes apparent though that a shared last name is not the only thing which connects the four of them. Bob Jones is afflicted with some kind of degenerative mental disease, which is impairing his speech and motor neurone functions with ever greater veracity. And John seems to be suffering from the same thing...
The play's opening night at the Lyceum was met with a flurry of glowing reviews. While Vulture heaped particular praise on Hall and Lett's approach to Eno's dialogue, Matt Wolf of the Telegraph called the play "teasingly funny yet poignant".
Previews from: 13 March 2014
Opening night: 6 April 2014
Booking through until: 6 July 2014
May be inappropriate for 12 and under due to strong language and adult themes. Please note that children under the age of four are not permitted in the theatre.
One hour and 30 minutes, with no intermission
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