The Spoils OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    June 2, 2015
    Closing:
    June 28, 2015

    Theater: Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre / 480 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

    Synopsis: 

    Nobody likes Ben (Jesse Eisenberg). Ben doesn’t even like Ben. He's been kicked out of grad school, lives off his parents’ money, and bullies everyone in his life, including his roommate Kalyan (Kunal Nayyar), an earnest Nepalese immigrant. When Ben discovers that his grade school crush is marrying a straight-laced banker, he sets out to destroy their relationship and win her back. The New Group, in association with Lisa Matlin, presents The Spoils, a deeply personal and probing comedy written by Jesse Eisenberg, in a world premiere production directed by Scott Elliott and featuring Jesse Eisenberg ("The Social Network"), Kunal Nayyar ("The Big Bang Theory"), Erin Darke ("Still Alice"), Annapurna Sriram ("The Happiest Song Plays Last"), and Michael Zegen ("Boardwalk Empire"), as the third show in the company’s 2014-2015 Season.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Spoils

    ‘The Spoils’ Stars Jesse Eisenberg as Narcissist

    Ben Brantley

    June 2, 2015: As both actor and playwright, Jesse Eisenberg loves rolling in the sties of self-contempt, places where privileged human pigs sniffle and suffer and smear themselves with muck. Even if these are areas you usually choose to avoid, it must be said that Mr. Eisenberg gives good wallow. This is confirmed by his latest offering, “The Spoils,” which opened Tuesday night at the Pershing Square Signature Center in an engrossingly acted, impeccably staged production from the New Group. Directed by Scott Elliott, “The Spoils” stars Mr. Eisenberg, who has once again written for himself the part of a colossal, charismatic jerk. Mr. Eisenberg is still best known for portraying a self-centered, self-advancing, socially awkward Mark Zuckerberg in the David Fincher film “The Social Network.” The custom-tailored characters Mr. Eisenberg has created to portray onstage have the added attraction (or handicap) of being born losers. That could certainly be said of the whiny, flailing young writers he brought to life in his “Asuncion” (2011) and “The Revisionist” (2013). But those guys were, well, Zuckerbergs compared to Ben, the passive-aggressive, perpetually stoned, would-be moviemaker in “The Spoils.”

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