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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    April 16, 2015
    Closing:
    April 16, 2015

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

    Synopsis: 

    "8 Stops" is a comedy concerning the grief of endless compassion. Obie Award winner Deb Margolin’s thought-provoking and comedic new solo work recently made its world premiere at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. It’s about death, the private lives of animals, the suburbs, the spiritual exurbs, illness, desire, and a subway ride with a motherless child who Deb realizes she has only 8 stops to raise!

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF 8 Stops

    In ‘8 Stops,’ Finding Humor Amid Hardships

    Anita Gates

    April 21, 2015: Talk about refreshingly low-key. When Deb Margolin walked up the aisle of the Cherry Lane Theater and bounded up the steps to the edge of the stage, I thought she was the house manager, there to make the opening announcements. She was wearing a blue dress, footless black tights and ballet flats and carrying some papers. But she was there to perform “8 Stops,” her eloquent one-act solo show about, among other things, life in Montvale, N.J.; “the grief of endless compassion”; her battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma; and her little son, who, at regular intervals, becomes panicked by and obsessed with “the death thing.” Ms. Margolin, who has regularly turned her life stories into performance pieces, is undeniably funny, and her new show is filled with lovely, offbeat points of view and surprising turns of phrase. “I’ve always reserved for myself the right to commit suicide,” she confesses, using the metaphor of a social gathering. “If the party was unpleasant and featured unsavory types or too much small talk and booze, if it was just a greasy sausage ball on a plate and someone telling me they were in a play once in summer camp, I could just ‘leave.’ ”

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