This holiday season don’t miss this “delicate family drama.” (Theater in the Now)
Family Furniture is a “tender, sepia-toned play about a traumatic passage in the lives of a tight-knit, well-bred clan [as a] sense of dangerous change seems to hang threateningly in the atmosphere, like a thunderstorm that just won’t burst.” (New York Times)
Kail’s direction is “smart, gentle and precise.” (Stage and Cinema)
“It’s an old-fashioned, 1950s-set gin-on-the-rocks drama, and it’s a pure delight.” (Entertainment Weekly)
As mother and father, “the radiant McCormick is perfectly cast as Claire” (New York Times) and “Scolari has never been better.” (Entertainment Weekly)
As daughter and son, Mendes “is natural and nuanced” (Woman Around Town) and Keenan-Bolger is “is one spark away from exploding.” (Theatermania)
Girlfriend Nordin “delights.” (Theater Pizzazz)
“What Family Furniture offers is a throwback to another time.” (Theater in the Now)
A great destination between the holidays.
(New York Theater Now)
“The warmth it sends out may be just what you need in this cold winter.” (Maxamoo)
Family Furniture is a coming of age tale about a family and one certain summer when everything shifts. Gurney gives us Buffalo, gin and tonics, tennis doubles with the Baldwins, vichyssoise and so much more in this heartfelt tale about parents and children.
Jim Simpson, Artistic Director of The Flea says “In Family Furniture, Gurney returns to home territory, writing about the manners and morals of the white Anglo-Saxon Protestant upper class with the warmth, humor and insight that have spanned his career.”
Directed by Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail (In The Heights) starring Carolyn McCormick (Law & Order), Peter Scolari (Girls, Newhart, Bosom Buddies), and Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Newsies) with newcomers Ismenia Mendes and Molly Nordin.
Set Design by Rachel Hauck
Lighting Design by Betsy Adams
Costume Design by Claudia Brown
Sound Design by Bart Fasbender
A.R. Gurney has been writing plays for over fifty years. Among them are: The Grand Manner, Scenes from American Life, The Dining Room, The Middle Ages, The Cocktail Hour, Love Letters, Sylvia, Far East, Ancestral Voices, Big Bill Indian Blood, Crazy Mary, and Buffalo Gal. At The Flea he has premiered Heresy, Post Mortem, O Jerusalem, Screenplay, Mrs. Farnsworth, A Light Lunch and Office Hours. He has also written three novels, a few television scripts, several unproduced movies, and the librettos of two operas. Gurney is a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has honorary degrees from Williams College and Buffalo State University, and taught literature at M.I.T. for many years.
Thomas Kail Broadway: In the Heights (Tony nom.); Lombardi; Magic/Bird. Off B’way: In the Heights (Callaway Award, Drama Desk nom., Outer Critics nom.); Lincoln Center Theater: Broke-ology, When I Come to Die; New York City Center: The Wiz; Second Stage Uptown: The Tutors. Other credits include: Williamstown Theater Festival: Broke-ology. National Tour: In the Heights. Paper Mill Playhouse: Once on this Island. Co-creator and director of the hip-hop improv group Freestyle Love. Recipient of the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center. Graduate of Wesleyan University, CT.