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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    March 23, 2016
    Closing:
    April 2, 2016

    Theater: Abrons Arts Center Henry Street Settlement / 466 Grand Street, New York, New York, 10002

    Synopsis: 

    New York City Players' American Playwrights Division presents REALLY, a new play by Jackie Sibblies Drury, directed by Richard Maxwell, designed by photographer Michael Schmelling. In REALLY, a black woman takes pictures of her artist boyfriend's mom. As they jockey for a claim to him, they try to redefine themselves in the wake of his legacy. REALLY is a play about grief, intimacy, and the difference between goodness and greatness seen through the lens of photography.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Really

    ‘Really’ Compares the Fixed Image With Life’s Flux

    Ben Brantley

    March 23, 2016: The title of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s stylishly contemplative new play, which opened on Wednesday night at the Abrons Arts Center, is unadorned by punctuation. But it comes with its own built-in question mark, or ellipsis, or both. “Really” it is called. And though “really” is a really overused word in everyday conversation, it automatically invites skepticism when seen by its naked self. Living with our shifting perceptions and even more variable memories, we can seldom say, with unconditional certainty, what really happened at a given moment, or even how we really felt. With the collaboration of the always intriguing experimental director (and dramatist) Richard Maxwell and his New York City Players, Ms. Drury has created a work that focuses on fixed images culled from life’s flux. “Really” is a play about photography. And it asks provocative questions about the value of what is seen in pictures that freeze fleeting moments for posterity.

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