Now Circa Then OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
September 27, 2010
Closing:
October 9, 2010

Theater: Ars Nova / 511 West 54th Street, New York, NY, 10019

Synopsis: 

Meet Julian and Josephine, an immigrant couple on New York's Lower East Side, circa 1890. Meet Gideon and Margie, an unlikely pair of historical reenactors, circa now. A museum tour goes off the rails in this scrappy tale of old places, new beginnings and timeless questions.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Now Circa Then

    History, a Mild Aphrodisiac for Today

    Charles Isherwood

    September 29, 2010: Everyone brings emotional baggage into a relationship, but the young twosome in “Now Circa Then,” a new comedy by Carly Mensch at Ars Nova, aren’t just lugging their own drama behind them. Also stuffed into their spiritual suitcases are the histories of a pair of dead strangers, Prussian immigrants from the 19th century named Julian and Josephine Glockner. In their jobs as tour guides and “re-enactors” in a tenement museum on the Lower East Side, Gideon (Stephen Plunkett) and Margie (Maureen Sebastian) portray the poor but enterprising Glockners. Meeting does not get much cuter than this, and the early scenes of “Now Circa Then,” directed by Jason Eagan, bubble with comic promise. Dolled up in skin-shrouding period costumes, Gideon and Margie make like animated waxworks in a historical diorama. From their perches in a perfectly preserved facsimile of a 19th-century tenement apartment — the atmospheric set is by Lauren Helpern — they dispense nuggets of information about the immigrant experience. And they soon find that the life stories of the exemplary strivers they are impersonating begin to subtly influence their own.

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  • TIME OUT NEW YORK REVIEW OF Now Circa Then

    Historical reenactors fall for each other in Carly Mensch’s fresh new play

    Paul Menard

    September 30, 2010: Add Carly Mensch’s name to the ever-growing list of upstart playwrights lured away from the theater by television’s sweet, and profitable, siren song. Though Mensch may punch the clock writing for Showtime’s Weeds, she hasn’t forgotten her Off-Off Broadway roots. Somehow, laughing through her delightfully quirky relationship comedy, Now Circa Then, makes the pain of losing another talented writer to Hollywood slightly more bearable.

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  • VARIETY REVIEW OF Now Circa Then

    Now Circa Then

    Sam Thielman

    September 27, 2010: It's bittersweet to see Carly Mensch debut her finest play so far just as she heads to Los Angeles to write for "Weeds." "Now Circa Then," Mensch's sweet-spirited two-hander, stars Stephen Plunkett and Maureen Sebastian as historical reenactors at a venue a lot like the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, realized by designer Lauren Helpern in a great-looking period set that allows the actors plenty of space to play in (it also barely fits into tiny venue Ars Nova, to the dismay of aud members seated to the set's extreme left). Both characters, as you might imagine, are also living in the past in less literal ways.

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  • THEATRE IS EASY REVIEW OF Now Circa Then

    Now Circa Then

    Ben Charles

    September 26, 2010: BOTTOM LINE: A fun show about museum reenactors whose off-stage world bleeds into their on-stage life. Now Circa Then is a surprisingly fresh show. The story involves two museum reeneactors who work in a tenement museum on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Gideon and Margie play Julian and Josephine, a couple from the 1890s who live in a tenement apartment. Gideon is the seasoned professional to Margie’s "green" performance. Right off the bat, the audience sees that Margie isn’t 100% comfortable in her role as Josephine. Real-life actor Maureen Sebastian plays the awkwardness of this situation brilliantly. In fact, both actors play their roles quite well.

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF Now Circa Then

    Now Circa Then

    Iris Wiener

    September 28, 2010: A twisty, humorous tale of significance, Carly Mensch's new play, Now Circa Then, at Ars Nova under Jason Eagan's direction, is a personal, meaningful, and well-crafted production -- one especially well-suited to the theater's intimate space.

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