Relatively Speaking (play anthology)
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|Written by||Ethan Coen, Elaine May, and Woody Allen|
|Date premiered||October 20, 2011|
|Place premiered||Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City|
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. The plays were produced by Julian Schlossberg and Letty Aronson (Allen’s sister).
The three plays were cast as follows:
Talking Cure: Jason Kravits (Doctor), Danny Hoch (Jerry), Max Gordon Moore (Attendant), Allen Lewis Rickman (Father) and Katherine Borowitz (Mother). 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). The play considers "the hilarity of death."
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). The plot involves an unusual wedding, and takes place in a motel on a highway.
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.
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."
- Healy, Patrick. "'Relatively Speaking' to Close at the End of the Month" The New York Times, January 4, 2012
- Gans, Andrew. "'Relatively Speaking' Will End Broadway Run Jan. 29" playbill.com, January 4, 2012
- " Relatively Speaking , Triple Bill by Woody Allen, Ethan Coen & Elaine May, Headed for Broadway" broadway.com, May 17, 2011
- Isherwood, Christopher. "Review" The New York Times, October 21, 2011
- Talking Cure playbill.com (vault), accessed March 8, 2016
- George is Dead" playbill.com (vault), accessed March 8, 2016
- Honeymoon Motel playbill.com (vault), accessed March 8, 2016
- McGrath, Douglas. "Three for the Seesaw" Vanity Fair (excerpt), November 2011