Carnival Kids OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    June 5, 2014
    Closing:
    June 28, 2014

    Theater: The Barrow Group / 312 W. 36th St., New York, NY 10018

    Synopsis: 

    When an aimless former rock star loses his job and finds himself broke with nowhere to go, he's forced to move in with his adopted son and roommate in their cramped New York City apartment. As the two of them try to forge new lives together, a get-rich-quick scheme further complicates their lives and loves.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Carnival Kids

    Unexpected Love Stories
    In ‘Carnival Kids,’ a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme With a Twist

    Laura Collins-Hughes

    June 10, 2014: Like his hero, Johnny Cash, he’s a man in black: weathered Levi’s, motorcycle boots, a T-shirt with a box of cigarettes straining the chest pocket. A long-ago rock star who toured the world but never managed to get rich, Dale arrives to crash at his son’s Morningside Heights apartment like a leftover from a more analog time. Broke and unemployed, he has no idea how to navigate a world ruled by technology. Lucas Kavner’s surprising and very funny new play, Carnival Kids, directed by Stephen Brackett and presented by Lesser America at TBG Theater, is partly the story of a reckoning between Dale (Randall Newsome) and Mark (Jake Choi). A career-focused, inordinately self-contained law student, Mark is alarmed that his Texan father seems to have no plans to get a place of his own by, say, interviewing for a job. “I mean, he didn’t even bring a pair of khakis,” Mark complains to his old friend Marisa (a dry, teasing Laura Ramadei).

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