Due to popular demand, Playwrights Horizons (Tim Sanford, Artistic Director; Leslie Marcus, Managing Director) has announced an extension of its critically-acclaimed, sold-out New York premiere production of DETROIT, the new play by Obie Award winner Lisa D'Amour.
Ms. D'Amour is both a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist for this play and a 2011 Steinberg Playwright Award winner for her body of work. Originally set to play a limited engagement through Sunday, October 7, the production has added two additional weeks from Tuesday, October 16 through Sunday, October 28 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater (416 West 42nd Street). These weeks represent the only extension possible for the production.
"Directed with finesse by Anne Kauffman" (The New York Times, Charles Isherwood) in a completely new production, DETROIT began previews Friday, August 24 and had its official opening on Tuesday, September 18.
Charles Isherwood of The New York Times named DETROIT a Critics' Pick, calling it "A superb play. A delirious, dangerous bacchanal. Lisa D'Amour's dark comedy is rich and addictively satisfying. A sharp X-ray of the embattled American psyche as well as a smart, tart critique of the country's fraying social fabric. Both disturbing and bracingly funny, Ms. D'Amour's play kicks the fall theater season off with a promising burst of fireworks." David Cote of Time Out-New York also named it a Critics' Pick, giving it 5 STARS and calling it "A sly, timely and surprising new play. Superbly executed." Jesse Oxfeld of The New York Observer called it "A tense, terrific , funny new play under the sure hand of ace director Anne Kauffman." Jennifer Farrar of Associated Press pronounced it, "Intriguing and edgy." Elisabeth Vincentelli of The New York Post called it "Funny as hell. Expertly written, directed and acted." Jeremy Gerard of Bloomberg News gave it 4 STARS proclaiming it, "Excellent. A horror story hitting very close to home." Joe Dziemianowicz of Daily News called it "A briskly funny dark comedy" and Robert Feldberg of Bergen Record pronounced it, "A funny, smart, potent new play." Erik Haagensen of Backstage also named it a Critics Pick, calling it, "An exhilarating, original perspective and voice that stamps D'Amour as a playwright to be reckoned with!"
The acclaimed cast, lauded as "As talented as you could want," (Entertainment Weekly, Adam Markowitz), "Expert" (New York Post, Vincentelli), "Excellent" (Associated Press, Farrar), "Perfectly balanced" (Bloomberg News, Gerard), "Splendid" (Backstage, Haagensen) and "Optimal" (Time Out, Cote), features two-time Tony Award winner John Cullum, Darren Pettie, Oscar and two-time Tony Award nominee Amy Ryan, Emmy Award nominee David Schwimmer and Drama Desk Award nominee Sarah Sokolovic.
Somewhere in the suburbs of a mid-sized city, Ben (Mr. Schwimmer) and Mary (Ms. Ryan) welcome into their lives the rootless couple (Mr. Pettie and Ms. Sokolovic) who move in next door. But as this foursome bonds over backyard barbecues, the neighborly connection they find threatens to unravel the lives they've built and change them forever. An ecstatic, dangerous new comedy, DETROIT exposes the nerves that live just under the surface of American life today.
The production's "Eerily vivid design" (Cote, Time Out) features scenic design by Louisa Thompson, costume design by Kaye Voyce, lighting design by Mark Barton and sound design by Matt Tierney. Production Stage Manager is Lisa Ann Chernoff.