The Way West OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    March 16, 2016
    Closing:
    April 3, 2016

    Theater: Bank Street Theatre / 155 Bank Street, NEW YORK, NY, 10014

    Synopsis: 

    Mom has entered a new chapter in her life: Chapter 11. Of course, that doesn’t stop her spending money…or borrowing money…or loaning money… or generally digging herself deeper and deeper into bankruptcy. When her daughters decide to stage a financial intervention, things look like they’re getting better. Until they don’t. A new comedy about life and debt by Mona Mansour, directed by Labyrinth Artistic Director Mimi O’Donnell and featuring Labyrinth Company Member Deirdre O’Connell.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Way West

    ‘The Way West’ Features a Cheerfully Defiant Plunge Into Financial Ruin

    Charles Isherwood

    March 17, 2016: There’s optimistic, and then there’s delusional. The penniless matriarch in Mona Mansour’s monotonous black comedy, “The Way West,” a Labyrinth Theater Company production at the Bank Street Theater, definitely falls into the delusional category. Awash in unpaid bills and barely able to gather her wits to declare bankruptcy, she nevertheless tries to buck up herself and her two grown daughters with tales of the fortitude and defiance of the pioneers who tamed the western frontier in days of yore. As portrayed by the always likable Deirdre O’Connell, Mom, as she is known, lives in a largely abandoned housing tract in Stockton, Calif. Her younger daughter, Michelle, called Meesh (Anna O’Donoghue) seems to have moved in, while Meesh’s older sister, Amanda, called Manda (Nadia Bowers), is visiting from Chicago in an attempt to help Mom get her personal finances in order. Trouble is, Mom doesn’t really have any personal finances anymore. Having lost her job at a tire store, she’s merrily sunken into a state of cheerful denial about her insolvency, preferring to unleash another preposterous tall tale whenever her daughters try to jostle her into facing the situation.

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