At the Table OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Jacob J. Goldberg
  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    June 13, 2015
    Closing:
    July 19, 2015

    Theater: HERE Arts Center / 145 Ave. of Americas, New York, NY, 10013

    Synopsis: 

    "At The Table" features a diverse group of friends on their annual retreat away from the city. Expecting good times and casual conversation, they find themselves in a struggle to define their own identities. As liquor flows and tongues loosen, no subject is taboo and no issue is safe. While exploring who they believe themselves to be, they discover how others see them and where they stand in the ever-changing landscape of 21st century politics.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF At the Table

    In ‘At the Table,’ a Menu of Identity-Based Arguments

    Laura Collins-Hughes

    June 22, 2015: Chris (Claire Karpen) has only just met this group of friends, so she probably shouldn’t make a scene. But dinner is over, the alcohol is flowing and Stuart (Craig Wesley Divino) — the smug one up there at the head of the table — is being obnoxious. When he tries to bait her into debating abortion rights, she tells him the issue is none of his business, because he is a man. “The terms of a conversation are controlled by who is invited to the table,” Chris says. “And you’re not invited to that particular table.” Escaping for the weekend to a country house, where the laid-back Nate (Aaron Rossini) is their host, these privileged 30-somethings in Michael Perlman’s “At the Table” have brought along a full complement of identity-related baggage to unpack in the common areas. Race, gender, sexual orientation, income level: Any of these might become contentious at any time. That the friends frequently talk over one another, making it difficult to discern what anyone is saying, is part of the point in this overloaded ensemble piece, presented by Fault Line Theater at Here Arts Center. Seemingly so is the fact that we rarely have a clear view of everyone in this crowded house. Mr. Perlman has staged his play in the round, and his blocking is largely naturalistic.

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