The Whirligig OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    May 21, 2017
    Closing:
    June 18, 2017

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

    Synopsis: 

    When, after much time away, Kristina is back in Berkshire County, word spreads fast that she and her ex-husband are caring for their estranged, ailing daughter Julie. Broken-hearted and giddy with love and confusion, surprising visitors from Julie's complicated past practically trip over each other to reach the young woman they thought they'd lost years before. Hamish Linklater’s The Whirligig spins a tale of a fractured community weaving a circuitous route back to one another. ​

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF The Whirligig

    ‘The Whirligig’ Is a Feast for Actors, by a Knowing Chef

    Ben Brantley

    May 22, 2017: Hamish Linklater, the author of the new play “The Whirligig,” is best known as an actor. And for the overstuffed drama that opened on Sunday night at the Pershing Square Signature Center, he has whipped up a multicourse meal for fellow actors to feast upon. The cast of this New Group production numbers eight. And there are juicy scenes for each performer, brimming with showy but spontaneous reversals of feeling along with dialogue that dances off the tongue. Everybody gets a chance to reign, and to reign in pain, since this is a story of forms of addiction and of death at an early age. As might be expected of a New Group show — especially one staged by that great talent hound (and the company’s artistic director) Scott Elliott — all the cast members have assured styles and a high cool quotient. They include the two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz and, fresh off the final season of “Girls,” Zosia Mamet.

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