What Did You Expect? OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    September 16, 2016
    Closing:
    October 9, 2016

    Theater: The Public Theater / 425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY, 10003

    Synopsis: 

    Tony winning writer and director Richard Nelson (The Apple Family Plays, James Joyce’s The Dead) returns to The Public this fall with the second play in his new three-play cycle, The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family.

    What Did You Expect? brings us back to the kitchen of the Gabriel family, with the country now in the midst of the general election for President. In the course of one evening in the house they grew up in, history (both theirs and our country's), money, politics, family, art and culture are chopped up and mixed together, while a meal is made around the kitchen table.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF What Did You Expect?

    In ‘What Did You Expect?,’ a Potluck of Election-Year Anxiety

    Ben Brantley

    September 18, 2016: The Gabriels are as worried as you are. As one of them says, with a matter-of-factness that suggests long and weary acquaintance with a troublesome state of being, “People are scared. Everyone I know is scared.” Sometimes, though, there’s blessed comfort in being with people who share your anxieties. Even if — or perhaps especially if — what’s on their minds is one of the last things they talk about directly. Watching “What Did You Expect?” at the Public Theater, you’re always aware of what characters, caught in the middle of a presidential election that seems almost too surreal and too important for words, are thinking. And you can tell how those thoughts inform every joke, sigh and anecdote that comes out of their mouths.

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