Relatively Speaking (play anthology)

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Relatively Speaking
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Softcover edition
Written by Ethan Coen, Elaine May, and Woody Allen
Date premiered October 20, 2011 (2011-10-20)
Place premiered Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City
Original language English
Genre Comedy

Relatively Speaking is an anthology produced on Broadway in 2011, consisting of three plays: Talking Cure by Ethan Coen, George is Dead by Elaine May and Honeymoon Motel by Woody Allen.

Production[edit]

It opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on October 20, 2011 and closed on January 29, 2012, after 118 regular performances. All three were directed by John Turturro.[1][2] The plays were produced by Julian Schlossberg and Letty Aronson (Allen’s sister).[3]

Cast[edit]

The three plays were cast as follows:[4]

Talking Cure: Jason Kravits (Doctor), Danny Hoch (Jerry), Max Gordon Moore (Attendant), Allen Lewis Rickman (Father) and Katherine Borowitz (Mother).[5] The play involves a therapist treating a mentally ill family member.

George Is Dead: Lisa Emery (Carla), Marlo Thomas (Doreen), Grant Shaud (Michael), Patricia O’Connell (Nanny), Rickman (Funeral Director) and Moore (Assistant Funeral Director).[6] The play considers "the hilarity of death."[2]

Honeymoon Motel: Steve Guttenberg (Jerry Spector), Ari Graynor (Nina Roth), Shaud (Eddie), Caroline Aaron (Judy Spector), Julie Kavner (Fay Roth), Mark Linn-Baker (Sam Roth), Richard Libertini (Rabbi Baumel), Jason Kravits (Dr. Brill), Hoch (Sal Buonacotti) and Bill Army (Paul Jessup).[7] The plot involves an unusual wedding, and takes place in a motel on a highway.

Overview[edit]

Woody Allen said of the plays: “It’s a broad comedy, for laughs, no redeeming social value." The plays are described as involving various family members.[3]

Santo Loquasto "designed sets for each play that suggest each author’s film persona." The design for the Allen play is a "colorful, comical design for the motel, with its circular bed and pink Jacuzzi."[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Healy, Patrick. "'Relatively Speaking' to Close at the End of the Month" The New York Times, January 4, 2012
  2. ^ a b Gans, Andrew. "'Relatively Speaking' Will End Broadway Run Jan. 29" playbill.com, January 4, 2012
  3. ^ a b " Relatively Speaking , Triple Bill by Woody Allen, Ethan Coen & Elaine May, Headed for Broadway" broadway.com, May 17, 2011
  4. ^ Isherwood, Christopher. "Review" The New York Times, October 21, 2011
  5. ^ Talking Cure playbill.com (vault), accessed March 8, 2016
  6. ^ George is Dead" playbill.com (vault), accessed March 8, 2016
  7. ^ Honeymoon Motel playbill.com (vault), accessed March 8, 2016
  8. ^ McGrath, Douglas. "Three for the Seesaw" Vanity Fair (excerpt), November 2011