Wild Animals You Should Know OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

  • NY TIMES

  • BLOOMBERG

  • EW

  • TM

  • NY DAILY NEWS

Opening Night:
November 20, 2011
Closing:
December 11, 2011

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

Synopsis: 

Matthew and Jacob are an unlikely pair of friends. Matthew is a soccer star, full of brio and teenage swagger. Jacob is, well, not. Beneath the surface, though, the two are locked in an innocently erotic game of cat and mouse. When Matthew's reluctant father, Walter, is wrangled into chaperoning the boys' trip to a wilderness scout camp, he finds himself drawn into their adolescent game. But Matthew has secretly decided just how far he's willing to go for his final act of scouting and everyone might do well to heed the scout's motto: Be Prepared. Playwright Thomas Higgins makes his New York debut with this tale of ruin and redemption that takes a magnifying glass to the sometimes blurry line between predator and prey. Trip Cullman, renowned for Off-Broadway hits like A Small Fire and The Bachelorette, will direct.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Wild Animals You Should Know

    Boy Scouts, Binoculars and a Wilderness Agenda

    Ben Brantley

    November 20, 2011: Identity crises are epidemic in Thomas Higgins’s “Wild Animals You Should Know,” the undercooked new comedy that opened on Sunday night at the Lucille Lortel Theater. The nerdy business consultant who has lost his job; the loutish beer swiller who has lost his wife; the overachieving, sexually ambivalent Boy Scout who has lost his cellphone: they’re all flailing, groping to figure out who and what they are. So, I regret to add, is the play.

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  • BLOOMBERG REVIEW OF Wild Animals You Should Know

    ‘Wild Animals’

    Philip Boroff

    November 21, 2011: The wild card in Thomas Higgins’s breezy psychological thriller “Wild Animals You Should Know” is Matthew (Jay Armstrong Johnson), a toned suburban teenager who excels at everything except understanding himself.

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  • ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY REVIEW OF Wild Animals You Should Know

    Wild Animals You Should Know

    Thom Geier

    November 21, 2011: There are some interesting ideas at work in Thomas Higgins' Off Broadway drama Wild Animals You Should Know. But scout's honor, this is an exploration of contemporary suburban American manhood that seems to get a little lost in the woods. (Does Brookstone sell a GPS device for playwriting?)

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  • THEATERMANIA REVIEW OF Wild Animals You Should Know

    Wild Animals You Should Know

    Dan Bacalzo

    November 21, 2011: A potential sex scandal within a Boy Scout troupe is the subject of Thomas Higgins' provocative yet flawed new play, Wild Animals You Should Know, presented by MCC Theater at the Lucille Lortel. Director Trip Cullman has assembled a fine cast that keeps the production engaging, even when the script goes off track.

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  • NY DAILY NEWS REVIEW OF Wild Animals You Should Know

    'Wild Animals You Should Know'

    Joe Dziemianowicz

    November 21, 2011: The motto of the Boy Scouts of America is Be Prepared. And anyone who sees “Wild Animals You Should Know” should be prepared to be intrigued and a bit disappointed by the underdeveloped 90-minute work.

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