Secrets of the Trade OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
August 10, 2010
Closing:
September 4, 2010

Theater: Primary Stages 59E59 Theaters / 59 East 59th St., New York, NY, 10022

Synopsis: 

In show business, it's all about who you know. Or is it Andy Lipman, a smart, ambitious kid from Long Island, dreams of a career on Broadway and hopes that his idol, theater legend Martin Kerner, can give it to him. Will Kerner open Andy's door to success, or will their complicated relationship force him to question a life in the theater?

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Secrets of the Trade

    Angling for a Mentor, He’ll Take What He Can Get

    Charles Isherwood

    August 11, 2010: Watch as clichés collide in “Secrets of the Trade,” the new play by Jonathan Tolins that kicks off Primary Stages’ new season at the 59E59 Theaters. The ageless story of a young showbiz aspirant suffering disillusion is cross-pollinated with a coming-out saga set in the 1980s. Spritzed with laughs but hobbled by these familiar narrative arcs, Mr. Tolins’s Neil Simon-ish comedy-drama also suffers from an egregious instance of miscasting.

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF Secrets of the Trade

    Secrets of the Trade

    Dan Bacalzo

    August 11, 2010: A terrific ensemble cast brings Jonathan Tolins' Secrets of the Trade -- presented by Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters -- to vibrant life. This bittersweet valentine to the world of theater is fluidly directed by Matt Shakman, who nicely balances a light-hearted humor with moments of tension and drama.

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  • BACKSTAGE REVIEW OF Secrets of the Trade

    Secrets of the Trade

    Erik Haagensen

    August 10, 2010: Playwright Jonathan Tolins hits the bull's-eye with his new comedy-drama "Secrets of the Trade." This look at a pushy Long Island kid who longs to make theater and snares a major Broadway producer-director-writer for his mentor is breezily engaging, as rock-the-rafters funny as it is bracingly touching. Under Matt Shakman's smart, inventive direction, the show moves with style and speed, propelled by terrific performances from Noah Robbins and John Glover. I have one word for you: pounce.

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  • NY1 REVIEW OF Secrets of the Trade

    Secrets of the Trade

    David Cote

    August 10, 2010: Jonathan Tolins’ "Secrets of the Trade" opens early this season, but already it stands out as a winner. This showbiz coming-of-age tale is a crackling comedy-drama about Broadway, family ties and the high cost of experience. In more than one interview, Tolins has declared the new work his favorite, and it’s easy to see why.

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  • CURTAIN UP REVIEW OF Secrets of the Trade

    Secrets of the Trade

    Simon Saltzman

    August 11, 2010: Based on his wobbly track record in New York with three plays — The Twilight of the Golds (1993), If Memory Serves (1999) The Last Sunday in June (2003)— Jonathan Tolins would have every reason to be a little nervous about the reception to his latest play Secrets of the Trade. This egregiously underrated playwright can finally be duly credited for giving us the one and only new play to open this summer that deserves to run into the fall and beyond. It's a lovely, winning, and witty coming-of-age story that seems to be not only evocatively rooted to the author's frame of reference but also to his personal experiences in the theater.

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