The Common Pursuit OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
May 24, 2012
Closing:
July 29, 2012

Theater: Laura Pels Theatre / 111 West 46th Street, New York, NY, 10036

Synopsis: 

Simon Gray's The Common Pursuit chronicles twenty years in the lives of six friends, from their ambitious collegiate days to their surprising discoveries in the real world. Idealistic Cambridge student Stuart Thorne enlists some of his classmates to help him launch a new literary magazine. With the pursuit of great literature as their common thread, they become lifelong friends. But when damaging secrets crop up and business demands creep in, Stuart is faced with some unexpected decisions. Delightfully witty and remarkably poignant, The Common Pursuit is a captivating journey from who we think we are...to who we turn out to be. Directed by Moises Kaufman.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Common Pursuit

    English Literati, Cracking Wise

    Ben Brantley

    May 24, 2012: The oenophile takes a sip of wine and pronounces judgment: “This is simultaneously bland and acid. Is it English?” Since the taster is a man of rigorous values, a Cambridge don who lets nobody and nothing off the hook, he might well apply similar words to the play in which he appears: “The Common Pursuit,” Simon Gray’s 1984 portrait of tarnishing ideals among a group of young literati, which opened on Thursday night in an unconvincing revival at the Laura Pels Theater.

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  • NEW JERSEY NEWSROOM REVIEW OF The Common Pursuit

    The Common Pursuit’ traces literary lives

    Michael Sommers

    May 31, 2012: An English play from 1984, Simon Gray’s “The Common Pursuit” is a tidy little comedy about smart people who mess up their lives. Roundabout’s revival, which opened Thursday at the Steinberg Center for Theater, could be considered a slim, although pleasant, companion piece to “Look Back in Anger,” which just played there. Both British works regard young, dissatisfied people who look to their future.

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  • NEW YORK DAILY NEWS REVIEW OF The Common Pursuit

    'The Common Pursuit' Off-Broadway

    Joe Dziemianowicz

    May 24, 2012: If you’ve ever struggled to stay true-blue to your dreams and ambitions you may recognize yourself in “The Common Pursuit” — but in this case you’ll have a posh British accent. The 1984 drama by English writer Simon Gray follows five men and a woman who meet as students at Cambridge in the late ’60s to launch a literary magazine called The Common Pursuit.

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  • STAGE AND CINEMA REVIEW OF The Common Pursuit

    In Pursuit of Drama

    Dmitry Zvonkov

    May 24, 2012: Beneath the stairwell sign assuring guests that all cigarettes smoked on stage are herbal, the following sign might as well have been posted regarding The Roundabout’s new production of Simon Gray’s The Common Pursuit: “Please rest assured that even the most profound dialogue in this play contains nothing that might cause anxiety, moral discomfort, sadness, painful self-reflection, spiritual restlessness, or any other sort of emotional turbulence.”

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  • VARIETY REVIEW OF The Common Pursuit

    The Common Pursuit

    Marilyn Stasio

    May 28, 2012: There's nothing funnier than collegiate humor in the hands of a clever satirist like Simon Gray. So credit helmer Moises Kaufman and ensemble for their stylish delivery of the comic bits in the Brit scribe's 1984 play "The Common Pursuit," about a group of university friends with high-minded ambitions who thoughtlessly allow their ideals to become compromised after they graduate into the real world. But Gray's sardonic humor has a darker side that is glossed over in this Roundabout production, and aside from the joy of getting laughs, there seems to be no rationale at all for this revival.

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  • TALKIN' BROADWAY REVIEW OF The Common Pursuit

    The Common Pursuit

    Matthew Murray

    May 25, 2012: Late in The Common Pursuit, the Simon Gray play that Roundabout is now reviving at its Off-Broadway Laura Pels Theatre, two characters tussle over the writing to which they've devoted their lives. Is sacrificing years, countless dollars, and potentially rewarding family opportunities to a nearly unread literary journal the definition of contemporary nobility? Or is, say, shunting a piece intended for said publication to one that will get wider notice (in this case, Vogue) a reasonable compromise between personal and professional aesthetics? If you find this question compelling, you'll easily take to Moisés Kaufman's sturdy, studied production, as that's what it most deeply investigates.

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