Other Desert Cities Smartly Examines Family, Politics
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Academy Award nominee Kathleen Turner returns to Arena Stage (after a sold-out run in Red Hot Patriot) to star as the tough-as-nails matriarch Mother Courage, who profits off the very war that's stealing her children from her, one by one. But will the cost of war be higher than she's prepared to pay? Broadway-bound artistic director Molly Smith helms this unique in-the-round staging of Bertolt Brecht's powerhouse anti-war drama that cleverly mixes politics and satire with a dozen raucous songs. Learn More
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Outstanding play. I usually don't like to see plays that just rehash typical family drama, but this one was remarkably well written. Great set and great theater to see it. Acting was good overall but I saw it opening night and there were still moments when a couple of the actors stumbled a little with their lines. Those kinks should be worked out soon though.
Hidden secrets are unearthed and family tensions fly high in Pulitzer Prize nominee Jon Robin Baitz’s contemporary family drama Other Desert Cities, hailed by The New York Times as “the best new play on Broadway” in 2011. Helen Hayes Award winner and former Arena Stage Associate Artistic Director Kyle Donnelly returns to direct the D.C.-area premiere of the show with a cast that features Tony Award nominee and two-time Helen Hayes Award winner Helen Carey (Mary Tyrone in Arena Stage’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Broadway’s Hedda Gabler) as matriarch Polly Wyeth and two-time Tony Award nominee Larry Bryggman (Broadway’s Harvey, CBS’s As the World Turns) as patriarch Lyman Wyeth. Rounding out the cast are Emily Donahoe (Broadway’s 33 Variations) as daughter Brooke Wyeth, Scott Drummond (Cherry Lane Theatre’s A Perfect Future) as son Trip Wyeth and Martha Hackett (Pacific Resident Theatre’s Nora) as their Aunt Silda Grauman.
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