How to Transcend a Happy Marriage OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    March 20, 2017
    Closing:
    May 7, 2017

    Theater: Mitzi E. Newhouse / 150 West 65th Street, New York, NY, 10023

    Synopsis: 

    At a dinner party in the wilds of New Jersey, George (Marisa Tomei) and her husband talk with a fellow married couple about a younger acquaintance—a polyamorous woman (Lena Hall) who also hunts her own meat. Fascinated, they invite this mysterious woman and her two live-in boyfriends to a New Year’s Eve party which alters the course of their lives.

    How to Transcend a Happy Marriage explores the boundaries of monogamy and the limits of friendship. This new work asks what happens when parents let their wild sides come out of hibernation.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF How to Transcend a Happy Marriage

    Plunging Into Polyamory With ‘How to Transcend a Happy Marriage’

    Ben Brantley

    March 20, 2017: In 1969, two married couples took off their clothes and jumped into one accommodatingly wide bed. Thus did Paul Mazursky’s satirical film Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice claim a little piece of cinematic immortality, while putting a knowing finger on a middle-class American pulse that throbbed with both lust and anxiety about the sexual revolution that was said to be sweeping the country. Ah, the clumsiness, the tortured soul-searching, the naïveté of those heady, experimental times. People today of course are far more at ease with their bodies and their vast potential for erotic self-expression. Why, just look at Paul and George and Michael and Jane, the uneasily swinging spouses of Sarah Ruhl’s How to Transcend a Happy Marriage, which opened on Monday night at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center.

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