Miles for Mary OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Richard Termine
  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    October 8, 2016
    Closing:
    October 29, 2016

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

    Synopsis: 

    It's 1988, and the planning committee for Garrison High School's ninth annual Miles For Mary Telethon is fired up and ready to go. Across subcommittee sessions in the Phys Ed teachers' lounge, Drama Desk-nominated The Mad Ones assemble an analog elegy to the camcorder 1980s, Girls Track and Field, and the consecrated American High School.

    Performed by Marc Bovino, Joe Curnutte, Michael Dalto, Amy Staats, Stephanie Wright Thompson, and Stacey Yen.

    Created by The Mad Ones
    in collaboration with Amy Staats and Stacey Yen
    Directed by Lila Neugebauer

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Miles for Mary

    'Miles for Mary', a Sendup of the Interminable Meeting from Hell

    Ben Brantley

    October 9, 2016: Though Dante cataloged many forms of diabolical torture in his “Inferno,” a guided tour of hell, he somehow missed out on what could well be the most excruciating eternal punishment of all. I mean (ominous organ chords, please) the staff meeting that never, ever ends. You’ve surely been a part of such sessions. They’re those gatherings in which people waste time by talking about how to be more productive, with algebraic visual aids and a corporate jargon of uplift that turns sensitive souls suicidal. Still, it is a fundamental law of art and entertainment that other people’s discomfort can make for deeply satisfying comedy. The meeting from hell has been deliciously dissected on television satires like “The Office” and “W1A,” BBC Two’s blissful fictional portrait of life at the BBC. Now “Miles for Mary,” which opened on Saturday night at the Bushwick Starr in Brooklyn, asserts its claim to belong among such painfully pleasurable company.

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