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Monday, 21 June 2010 12:55

Last Week to See MTC's THAT FACE





That Face is a COMMANDING piece of work that never puts a foot wrong.” -Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal

Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of THAT FACE by Polly Stenham, directed by Sarah Benson (Blasted, Artistic Director of Soho Rep), will begin its final week of performances, tomorrow, Tuesday, June 22 at 7 PM at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).The production will play the final performance of its limited engagement on Sunday, June 27 after playing 48 regular performances and 21 previews.

THAT FACE began previews on Thursday, April 29 and opened on Tuesday, May 18. This Olivier nominated play’s New York premiere received acclaim from some of New York’s top critics. Below is a sampling of the notices for the production:

“Polly Stenham has a natural and precocious gift for creating big theatrical moments and dry gallows humor.”

–Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“Christopher Abbott’s sensitive acting conveys the depths of Henry’s growing despair.”

–Jennifer Farrar, Associated Press

"Bloody mayhem! Director Sarah Benson's production is stylish and bracing, sending her actors fearlessly tearing through the decayed squalor."

–David Cote, Time Out NY

 “A devastating and shocking portrait of a wealthy family in meltdown, elegantly delivered.”

–Jesse Oxfeld, New York Observer  

“Cristin Milioti gives a funny, sad, and otherwise beautifully articulated performance.”

–Marilyn Stasio, Variety 

“Laila Robins’ intense performance recalls Martha in ‘Virginia Woolf’ and Blanche in ‘Streetcar.’”

–Matt Windman, AM New York

THAT FACE features Christopher Abbott (Good Boys and True at Second Stage),

Maïté Alina (Off-Broadway debut),Betty Gilpin (Good Boys and True and Boys’ Life at Second Stage), Cristin Milioti (The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter at NYTW), Laila Robins (Frozen), and Victor Slezak (Salome).

The design team for THAT FACE includes David Zinn (Scenic & Costume Design), Tyler Micoleau (Lighting Design), Matt Tierney (Original Music & Sound Design), J. David Brimmer (Fight Direction), and Ben Furey (Dialect Coach).

THAT FACE is a powerful and darkly comic look at an affluent family in freefall. Mia (Cristin Milioti) has been suspended from boarding school. Her brother, Henry (Christopher Abbott), has dropped out altogether. And Martha (Laila Robins), their mum, manipulates them all. Money can no longer fix their problems -- now it's up to them. This Olivier Award-nominated play from Britain’s fastest-rising young playwright premieres in New York with the director of last season's acclaimed Blasted.

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  • Tickets for THAT FACE are available via New York City Center Box Office (131 West 55th Street), CityTix® (212-581-1212) and
  • Tickets for THAT FACE are $75.


Please note: THAT FACE is dark on Mondays:

  • THROUGH SUNDAY, JUNE 27: Tuesday at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM. Matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 PM.

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