Discord OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    October 1, 2017
    Closing:
    October 22, 2017

    Theater: Cherry Lane Theatre / 38 Commerce Street, New York, NY, 10014

    Synopsis: 

    From Scott Carter, Executive Producer of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” this timely New York Premiere finds three of history’s most famous men, all of whom wrote their own version of the gospels, debating everything from religion to literature to marriage in this “hugely entertaining, rapid-fire” (Chicago Sun-Times) new play. Thomas Jefferson (author of the Declaration of Independence), Charles Dickens (the man who brought us A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist) and Count Leo Tolstoy (the epic Russian novelist of War & Peace fame) are trapped in a limbo where each believes their path to salvation depends on convincing the other two that they are wrong. Kimberly Senior, the acclaimed director of Chris Gethard’s Career Suicide and the Tony-nominated Disgraced, will helm this profound and exciting battle of truly biblical proportions.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Discord

    Jefferson, Dickens and Tolstoy Debate Jesus. ‘Discord’ Ensues

    Ben Brantley

    October 1, 2017:

    Charles Dickens, as you might expect of a novelist who made his fortune writing serialized cliffhangers, would like a little more drama with his religion. He has just been listening to Thomas Jefferson deliver a rather dry version of the New Testament’s parable of the talents.

    As far as the author of “Great Expectations” is concerned, such a presentation — even from a former president of the United States, in biblical exegesis mode — simply won’t do. “Tales must sparkle,” he insists. Otherwise, how on earth (or in heaven, or limbo) do you capture a listener’s attention?

    That’s the problem facing Scott Carter, the writer who has so venturesomely put Jefferson, Dickens and Leo Tolstoy in a sealed antechamber to the afterlife, along with a copy of the Bible and some pens and paper. The onerous weight born by anyone who hopes to find the crowd-captivating sparkle therein is suggested by the title of Mr. Carter’s play, which opened Sunday night at the Cherry Lane Theater.

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