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  • Opening Night:
    Closing:
    January 1, 2009

    Theater: Primary Stages / 59E59 Theaters, New York, NY, 10022

    Synopsis: 

    In this world premiere production, trust fund darling Emma imagines what her life would have been like had she come from a less privileged background. Trouble is, she chronicles her alternate life in a new tell-all "memoir" that was sold for a hefty advance.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF a lifetime burning

    A Memoir So Compelling It Just Has to Be Phony

    CHARLES ISHERWOOD

    August 12, 2009: The embellished memoir has practically become a genre unto itself in recent years, with scandals about fiction masquerading as fact hitting the news media with the regularity of hurricanes threatening Florida during the storm season. Cusi Cram takes inspiration from this abiding form of aesthetic fraud in her unwieldy if intermittently amusing new play, “A Lifetime Burning,” which opened on Tuesday night at the 59E59 Theaters in a production from Primary Stages starring Jennifer Westfeldt as the literary poseur.

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