Grey Gardens OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    August 4, 2015
    Closing:
    August 30, 2015

    Theater: Baystreet Theater / 1 Bay St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963

    Synopsis: 

    Grey Gardens tells the story of Big Edie and Little Edie Bouvier Beale, the eccentric aunt and cousin of Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis. It is based on the 1975 documentary by Albert and David Maysles, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015. Set at the Bouvier mansion in East Hampton, this bold musical follows a mother and daughter on their hilarious and heartbreaking journey from glamorous aristocrats to notorious recluses in a crumbling house filled with memories and cats.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Grey Gardens

    ‘Grey Gardens’ Is Revived in Its Real Setting, the Hamptons

    Laura Collins-Hughes

    August 18, 2015: Here in the manicured Hamptons, where affluence parades in the summer months, “Grey Gardens” counts as a local story: the Camelot relatives — Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s elderly aunt and middle-aged cousin — whose spectacularly mangy living conditions, in their wreck of an East Hampton mansion, grabbed headlines in the 1970s. The neighbors, naturally, had complained. So there’s a doubleness to seeing the musical at Bay Street Theater, in this prim enclave of towns and villages where the eccentric Edith Bouvier Beale and her unhinged daughter, Little Edie Beale, failed so flagrantly to fit in. “They can get you in East Hampton for wearing red shoes on a Thursday,” Little Edie (Rachel York) grouses, and the audience laughs in recognition, never mind the jillion cats and assorted raccoons bunking in Grey Gardens, their tumbledown home. But the potent emotional undertow of this production, directed by Michael Wilson, has nothing to do with geographical proximity and everything to do with the formidable Betty Buckley, whose determinedly cheerful, thoroughly heart-bruising Edith will win you over, pull you under and cast you out to sea.

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