Winners OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    January 14, 2015
    Closing:
    February 8, 2015

    Theater: Ensemble Studio Theater / 549 West 52nd Street, New York, NY, 10022

    Synopsis: 

    The hilarity, war, and regular mayhem of family life spin out of control when the financial crisis hits and the Mackey family is forced to make big changes. Everything is off. Dad’s in pajamas. Nothing is as it's supposed to be. It takes the kids (and cat and dog) to set things straight. Daring those they love most to be not just heroes - but superheroes.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Winners

    The Cat Is a Thinker; the Dog’s Unwell

    Alexis Soloski

    January 22, 2015: In Maggie Bofill’s domestic comedy Winners, co-produced by the Ensemble Studio Theater and the Radio Drama Network, the home fires have guttered. At the Mackeys’ suburban abode, the unemployed dad, Brian, slumps in his robe, cooking inedible meals. The overworked mom, Mabel, receives racy texts from her boss. Tommy, a teenager, loses his after-school job for smoking pot, and little Gabby’s proposal for the Christmas play involves an awful lot of stage blood. The cat, Marie Antoinette, mewls, “Nothing is as it’s supposed to be.” The dog, Buck, might agree if he weren't busy vomiting chicken and Legos onto the living room floor. Ms. Bofill has written a sweetly intended exploration of how we care for and forsake one another. But it’s overlong and overindulgent, vices that the director, Pamela Berlin, and the cast can’t correct. Combining realism and absurdism has worked for recent Ensemble Studio Theater comedies like Year of the Rooster and the Broadway-bound Hand to God, The elements join more mawkishly here.

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