Breathing Time OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
March 21, 2014
Closing:
April 13, 2014

Theater: IATI Theater / 64 East 4th Street, New York, NY, 10003

Synopsis: 

Jack and Mike are bankers – one reckless and larger than life, the other responsible and grounded. When we meet them, their typical morning ritual proves to be anything but routine. Three weeks later, Jack’s sister and Mike’s wife meet for dinner – two strangers connected by only a photograph. Denise is a struggling dancer trying to make ends-meet. Julie is a suburban mother doing her best to raise a young son. Fate has brought this quartet together. But they refuse to let it tear them apart.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Breathing Time

    Coping Simply With Life Until Ordinary Disappears

    Neil Genzlinger

    March 28, 2014: Beau Willimon, who began his career as a playwright but is now best known as the man behind the Netflix series "House of Cards", doesn’t always work in the character-heavy mode of that show. His sparse play Breathing Time, now being staged by Fault Line Theater at Teatro Iati, is a simple study in how ordinary relationships can be shaped or put in perspective by much larger events. The play begins with a long stretch of workplace banter between two office mates, the hard-charging Jack (Craig Wesley Divino) and the strait-laced Mike (Lee Dolson). The two actors talk about nothing in particular — Mike’s young son; Jack’s hot new assistant, Karen (Whitney Conkling) — for a rather extended stretch, but Mr. Divino and Mr. Dolson make it amusing and absorbing for just as long as it needs to be.

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  • ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY REVIEW OF Breathing Time

    Stage Review Breathing Time (2014)

    Stephan Lee

    March 28, 2014: Breathing Time is the latest suit-and-tie drama by Beau Willimon, who adapted House of Cards for Netflix and wrote Farragut North (which inspired the Ryan Gosling starrer The Ides of March), but this one is sweeter but less impactful. Produced by Off Broadway’s Fault Line Theatre, the show opens on a generic corporate setting in downtown Manhattan in the early aughts — you can tell by the boxy computer on one of the desks. Mike (Lee Dolson), a straitlaced banker, and his overgrown frat boy officemate Jack (Craig Wesley Divino) bro out in the first hour of the workday before their morning coffee kicks in, talking about their families, planning money-making ventures, and ogling a hot new employee (Whitney Conkling).

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  • HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW OF Breathing Time

    Breathing Time: Theater Review

    Frank Scheck

    March 27, 2014: It’s a genuine coup for the Fault Line Theatre, a little-known, four-year-old off-Broadway company, to be presenting Beau Willimon’s Breathing Time. At this point the playwright couldn’t be hotter, with such credits as The Ides of March—the film version of his play Farragut North—and House of Cards, the hit Netflix series he created and for which he serves as showrunner and executive producer. So it comes as no small surprise that his latest effort is being given its world premiere at a tiny theater in New York City’s East Village.

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  • THE WRAP REVIEW OF Breathing Time

    ‘Breathing Time’ Theater Review: Beau Willimon Enters Mamet Territory

    Robert Hofler

    March 27, 2014: It's only time before Beau Willimon's theater rep eclipses his high-profile in television. With both his stage work and House of Cards, he's a superior storyteller, and his newest effort, Breathing Time, which opened Thursday at Off Broadway's Teatro IATI, only confirms that reputation after the success of Farragut Nort and The Parisian Woman. What's Broadway waiting for? Any of those three Willimon plays are superior to the original plays seen so far this season on the Great White Way.

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  • THEATRE IS EASY REVIEW OF Breathing Time

    Breathing Time - Play by Beau Willimon; Directed by Aaron Rossini

    Sarah Moore

    March 30, 2014: A new play by House of Cards’ Beau Willimon makes its world premiere in an intimate setting. Whether you realize it or not, you are probably already familiar with Beau Willimon’s work. As the showrunner/creator/executive producer/frequent writer of Netflix’s House of Cards, Willimon has become mainstream-famous. With Breathing Time, Willimon returns to his theatrical roots. (You may also have seen his Farragut North at Atlantic Theater Company in 2008, which became the movie The Ides of March starring Ryan Gosling.)

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