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Theatre Name:
The Pershing Square Signature Center.

Address:
480 West 42nd Street
New York , New York 10036

Contact Information:
Phone: 212-352-3101
Website: www.theatermania.com



The Whirligig

Hamish Linklater, the author of the new play “The Whirligig,” is best known as an actor. And for the overstuffed drama that opened on Sunday night at the Pershing Square Signature Center, he has whipped up a multicourse meal for fellow actors to feast upon.

The cast of this New Group production numbers eight. And there are juicy scenes for each performer, brimming with showy but spontaneous reversals of feeling along with dialogue that dances off the tongue. Everybody gets a chance to reign, and to reign in pain, since this is a story of forms of addiction and of death at an early age.

As might be expected of a New Group show — especially one staged by that great talent hound (and the company’s artistic director) Scott Elliott — all the cast members have assured styles and a high cool quotient. They include the two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz and, fresh off the final season of “Girls,” Zosia Mamet.

They’re both terrific; everybody is. So let me name the rest right now: Noah Bean, Jon DeVries, Alex Hurt, Jonny Orsini, Grace Van Patten and Dolly Wells. They all create highly convincing interpretations of solipsists, while playing nicely with others.

 


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