The Hairy Ape OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    March 30, 2017
    Closing:
    April 22, 2017

    Theater: Park Avenue Armory / 643 Park Avenue, New York, NY, 10021

    Synopsis: 

    Written in 1921 by Nobel Prize-winning playwright Eugene O’Neill, this iconic piece of expressionist drama is a searing social commentary of the divide between the rich and poor in the industrial age. This timeless story of class and identity gets a thrilling new life in a production by visionary director Richard Jones, who boldly reimagines his acclaimed staging at The Old Vic for the soaring Wade Thompson Drill Hall.

    Tony-nominated actor Bobby Cannavale stars as Yank, the unthinking laborer who embarks on a search for a sense of belonging in a world controlled by the wealthy. His journey from the bowels of a transatlantic ocean liner to the wealthy neighborhoods of New York society literally revolves around the audience like the conveyor belt of a larger machine, serving as a metaphor for the struggle between the working man and the industrial complex found at the heart of the play. This fresh approach creates an inventive and contemporary rallying cry addressed as much to our own gilded age as to O’Neill’s that rattles the cages of capitalism.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Hairy Ape

    A Mesmerizing ‘Hairy Ape’ Brings Existentialism to Park Avenue

    Ben Brantley

    March 31, 2017: A warning to the residents of the Upper East Side, especially those of you who live on one of those blocks so clean “yuh could eat a fried egg offen it.” Yank (probably better known to you as the Ape), that existentially challenged brute whom you humiliated into a suicidal spiral, has returned to your neighborhood. And he’s still as mad as hell.

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