Off the Main Road OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: T. Charles Erickson
  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    June 30, 2015
    Closing:
    July 19, 2015

    Theater: Williamstown Theatre Festival / 1000 Main Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 01267

    Synopsis: 

    Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner Kyra Sedgwick makes her WTF debut in the world premiere of a play by Pulitzer Prize-winner William Inge. As the second wave of feminism crests in America, the elegant but emotionally-fragile Faye Garrit (Sedgwick) seeks refuge from her husband, a former professional baseball player, by checking into a run-down resort on the outskirts of St. Louis, with her 17-year-old daughter. The future for mother and daughter may look hazy, but personal, political, and sexual awakenings allow them to move forward with new and heartbreaking clarity. Directed by former WTF Foeller and Sagal Fellow Evan Cabnet, this gripping and powerful drama deepens Inge’s legacy of penning rich, emotionally hard-hitting stories populated by complicated and truthful, human characters.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Off the Main Road

    ‘Off the Main Road’ Stars Kyra Sedgwick as a Wife in Distress

    Ben Brantley

    July 8, 2015: The beautiful woman in the bath towel is fast succumbing to the advances of the hunky, hairy-chested man who has forced his way into her rustic hideaway. She’s a society princess; he’s a freelance taxi driver, whose true calling is to seek out lonely women who need his special kind of loving. And as he pins her against the kitchen counter, she wraps her legs around him and offers a breathless prayer of gratitude that includes these deathless words: “Thank you for jamming your foot into my door.” Where’s Charles Busch when you need him? This window-steaming moment from “Off the Main Road” — a previously unproduced play by William Inge that is receiving its premiere at the Williamstown Theater Festival — would seem to cry out for a vintage-Hollywood diva impersonator of Mr. Busch’s caliber. The task has instead fallen to Kyra Sedgwick, best known for her Emmy-winning portrayal of the resourceful police interrogator in “The Closer,” someone who would never allow herself to get stuck beneath a drooling cabby. As the heroine of Inge’s play, which was most likely written in the early 1960s, her tricky mission at moments like this is to hold on to her dignity (which she does) and stave off giggles in the audience (which is pretty much impossible).

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