Smokefall OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    February 22, 2016
    Closing:
    March 20, 2016

    Theater: Lucille Lortel Theatre / 121 Christopher Street, New York, NY, 10014

    Synopsis: 

    Magical realism collides with manic vaudeville in a family drama unlike any you've ever seen. The Twins swap philosophy while awaiting their birth, Beauty eats dirt and doesn't speak, Father is about to drive away and never return, and a man named Footnote acts as our guide. Whipping from astonishing tenderness to profound humor and back again, this wholly original play uncovers the extraordinary family connections we all stretch and warp across the years but can never quite break.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Smokefall

    ‘Smokefall,’ About Several Generations of an Eccentric Family

    Charles Isherwood

    February 22, 2016: Your appreciation of “Smokefall,” an enigmatic comedy-drama by Noah Haidle about several generations of an eccentric family, may boil down to your reaction to the dietary choices of the character Beauty, a 16-year-old girl who subsists on tree bark, newspapers, shoes, rocks and earth. All washed down with a nice big cup of paint. Oh, and for much of the play, she doesn’t speak a word. If you find Beauty to be precious or preposterous — surely a cup or two of Sherwin-Williams would be enough to sicken even a healthy teenager, let alone one scarfing down shoes and dirt? — “Smokefall” may have you grinding your teeth; should you respond warmly to this kind of dark whimsy, you may find yourself enraptured. Another litmus test might be the character called Footnote, played by the gifted Zachary Quinto (of the “Star Trek” reboot and the revival of “The Glass Menagerie”). Footnote lets us in on Beauty’s dietary regimen, and wanders the stage throughout the first half of the play, providing numbered annotations on the background of the family, who lives in Grand Rapids, Mich. Referring to the Colonel, Beauty’s grandfather, Footnote tells us that “lately, he has become convinced that his entire life is another person’s dream.”

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