Regular Singing OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
November 24, 2013
Closing:
December 15, 2013

Theater: Public Theater / Delacorte Theater in Central Park, New York, NY,

Synopsis: 

The Public Theater presents Richard Nelson's The Apple Family Plays in repertory.The fourth and final play in Richard Nelson's The Apple Family Plays opens on the 50th anniversary of John Kennedy's assassination.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Regular Singing

    Bid Farewell to Memories Forever Present

    Ben Brantley

    November 24, 2013: Like many an American of a certain age, Barbara Apple found herself on Friday trying to reconstruct exactly what happened on that Friday a half-century earlier when President John F. Kennedy was killed. Her tools of investigation weren’t copies of the Zapruder tapes or charts that graphed a bullet’s trajectory.

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF Regular Singing

    Regular Singing

    Daniel Gordon

    November 23, 2013: Somehow, it's been three years since we first sat down for a meal with the Apple family of Rhinebeck, New York. Three mind-bogglingly-fast years since we first broke bread and took part in spirited, passionate discussions about politics and society and family and theater. A lot has changed in that time. People have aged; their views on the world are different now than they once were. Families have been torn apart by death. And memories of events past have continued to haunt.

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  • ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY REVIEW OF Regular Singing

    Regular Singing

    Melissa Rose Bernardo

    November 24, 2013: Death is inescapable in Regular Singing, the much-anticipated fourth and final entry in Richard Nelson's Apple Family: Scenes From Life in the Country series, now receiving its world premiere at Off Broadway's Public Theater. This is likely the last time we'll sit down with the Apple family of Rhinebeck, N.Y., including uncle Benjamin (Jon DeVries), sisters Barbara (Maryann Plunkett), Marian (Laila Robins), and Jane (Sally Murphy), and brother Richard (Jay O. Sanders), plus Jane's boyfriend, Tim (Stephen Kunken). The occasion is, like the previous plays, an evening of historical significance (and the date of the play's premiere): Nov. 22, 2013, the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination.

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  • TALKIN' BROADWAY REVIEW OF Regular Singing

    Regular Singing

    Matthew Murray

    November 25, 2013: Regret, portentousness, and unease have all had their turn, so it only makes sense that with Regular Singing true melancholy comes to Rhinebeck. But Richard Nelson’s fourth and final installment in his three-year saga for The Public Theater about the Apple family does not deliver the vague sensations you may have come to expect. Instead, it’s drenched to dripping in sadness past, present, and future — something that’s all too appropriate for a play that is set on, and in fact opened on, the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. This is, however, something of a mixed blessing for those who have followed the Apples since their debut in That Hopey Changey Thing.

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  • NEW YORK THEATRE GUIDE REVIEW OF Regular Singing

    egular Singing Review: On the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, a final night with the Apple family

    Jonathan Mandell

    November 23, 2013: In “Regular Singing,” the fourth, final and most emotional play in Richard Nelson’s pioneering Apple Family series, a character says that the assassination of JFK was one of the few times in his lifetime that he felt “our whole country was connected.”

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