Prymate BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • Opening Night:
    May 5, 2004
    Closing:
    May 8, 2004

    Theater: Longacre Theatre / 220 West 48th Street, New York, NY, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    Two scientists battle for control over the life of an aging gorilla that speaks several hundred words of American Sign Language. They debate whether the animal should be allowed to grow old peacefully or be tested in hopes of finding an AIDS cure.

    Mark Medoff's new drama Prymate stars Andre DeShields, Phyllis Frelich, James Naughton, and Heather Tom. Ed Sherin directs.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Prymate

    Ape Inspires Maternal Feelings, and Ambition

    Margo Jefferson

    June 22, 2011: What is going on when a play stuffed with crises, controversies, and sex -- from anxious jokes about big breasts and small penises to simulated masturbation -- leaves one feeling dull and almost indifferent? Mark Medoff's ''Prymate'' opened last night at the Longacre Theater amid a mild furor caused by casting a black actor as a gorilla who sexually assaults a young blond woman. I wish the play's craft and intellect equaled its knack for publicity and its earnest but confused ambitions.

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