Longyarn OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    January 13, 2016
    Closing:
    February 6, 2016

    Theater: Bushwick Starr / 207 Starr St, New York, New York, 11237

    Synopsis: 

    This highly anticipated world premiere is an outrageous shaggy-dog folktale of the adventurous and long-lived "Mother", a character based on strong, peculiar and compelling women from history. The outlandish poetic adventures of her youth include tales of riverboat piracy, a stint as a professional wrestler, lost days as a crack addict and being raised by a family of cows, spun through a tenor of joyful hopelessness.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Longyarn

    Jason Craig’s ‘Longyarn’ Features a Mom Who Won’t Shut Up

    Ben Brantley

    January 15, 2016: Mom is a mountain in “Longyarn,” the uninhibitedly shaggy new comedy from Banana Bag & Bodice. Her bedraggled head nearly scrapes the ceiling of the Bushwick Starr in Brooklyn, where Jason Craig’s play opened on Thursday night, and her scrawny torso is attached to a Brobdingnagian skirt that defies circumnavigation. And what is that dubious fashion choice made of, anyway? It appears as if it might have been whipped up out of discarded plastic bags and helium, like some homemade zeppelin. (Andreea Mincic is the heroic costume designer.) Mom, who has been known as Goat and Bark at different points in her life, would probably tell you it’s her own flatulence, the result of a lifetime diet of beans, that gives her skirt its shape. But it’s just as likely to be the full-force winds of hot air that accompany every word she utters.

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