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Esquire: The Side of Denis Johnson You Never Knew

“One of the play’s greatest distinctions, at least for me, is that it feels less like a narrative and more like life, like watching an actual party. Sometimes the best plays don’t come across as plays. Narratives, especially traditional ones, can sometimes seem unrelated to actual life. Life is not a story. As a theater-goer…Read More »

Des Moines: The New Yorker Review

“Denis Johnson’s Des Moines outlines a mismatch between surfaces and soul…..Here, as elsewhere in Johnson’s œuvre—his short-story collection “Jesus’ Son” being the prime example—the characters are desperately sad and live lives that feel almost willfully marginal, but their psyches are shot through with deep and often numinous yearnings.” Read more from The New Yorker here. EXTENDED! DES…Read More »

Des Moines: New York Stage Review

★★★★☆ “A superb ensemble brings Denis Johnson’s strange, unsettling play to comic life.” Read more from New York Stage Review here. EXTENDED! DES MOINES runs through January 8, 2023. Click here to learn more and buy tickets.

American Theatre: Director Arin Arbus Branches out with Des Moines

“Known for her lively, no-gimmick stagings of Shakespeare with Theatre for a New Audience, the director is branching out with Des Moines. Arbus said she’d been interested in directing Des Moines—a five-character play about an impromptu gathering in the city of its title that becomes something much deeper and stranger—since she read it in 2013. She…Read More »

New York Magazine: “Remember This is one of the plays we can’t wait to see this fall.”

“David Strathairn has made a nearly decade-long project of playing Jan Karski, a Polish resistance fighter and Holocaust witness, developing and refining this solo performance piece along the way.” —New York Magazine, 29 Plays and Musicals We Can’t Wait to See This Fall Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski is now playing through October…Read More »

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