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Monday, 18 April 2011 12:48

Keen Company Extends Acclaimed 25th Anniversary Production of BENEFACTORS

Drama Desk and Obie Award-Winning
Keen Company Extends
Their Acclaimed 25th Anniversary Production of

Now Through May 7th ONLY!

“Critics Pick” (New York Times)

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The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Keen Company (Carl Forsman, Artistic Director/Wayne Kelton, Executive Director) today announced that their acclaimed 25th Anniversary production of Benefactors would extend to May 7th to accommodate overwhelming demand.

"Gripping! …makes a persuasive argument that this drama rivals Mr. Frayn’s more famous successes, Noises Off and Copenhagen, as the Keen Company unsentimentally reveals how the friendship between two right-thinking, liberal couples slowly unravels all four lives.” (New York Times)

 “Richly eloquent… It could be ripped from recent local headlines. This revival fills the theater with both splendor and discontent” (Time Out NY)

 “A Grade-A revival by the ever-enterprising Keen Company” (Theatermania)

“A sterling revival...Benefactors works on a number of levels, from its look at how varying fortunes affect friendships to its clever riffs on Ibsen's The Master Builder. Under Carl Forsman's assured direction, the performers deliver terrific performances” (New York Post)

Benefactors is well worth your time and attention; Vivienne Benesch is a terrific Jane…Deanne Lorette is bravely uncompromising as Sheila” (Back Stage).

Mr. Forsman directs a cast that includes Vivienne Benesch (appeared opposite Maggie Smith in the London revival of Edward Albee's The Lady from Dubuque; OBIE winner for Lee Blessing's Going to St. Ives), Daniel Jenkins (Love Child, Mary Poppins, Tony nominee for Big River), Deanne Lorette (La Bete), and Stephen Barker Turner (Rinne Groff's Compulsion opposite Mandy Patinkin).

Keen Company produces sincere plays. We believe that theater is at its most powerful when texts and productions are generous in spirit and provoke identification. Inspired by the works of early 20th Century American playwrights, Keen Company demonstrates that an earnest intent can still be sophisticated. We are unafraid of emotional candor, vulnerability, and optimism. Keen Company seeks to create a culture of artists, technicians, administrators and audiences who share a desire to invigorate the theater with productions that connect us through humor, heart and hope.

Remaining performances will be at The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues) and will be Tuesday evenings at 7pm; Wednesday at 3pm and 8pm, Thursday and Friday evenings at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm; and Sunday matinees at 3pm, through May 7th.

Tickets will be $59.75 (includes a $1.25 facility fee) and may be purchased by visiting or calling 212/239-6200. For more information, visit

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