The Assembled Parties

Lynne Meadow + The Assembled Parties
Tuesday, October 25 th, 2016 at 00:10 am Dr. Joy Browne
Director (s):
Lynne Meadow
Jessica Hecht, Judith Light, Jeremy Shamos, Mark Blum, Lauren Blumenfeld, Alex Dreier, Jake Silbermann, Jonathan Walker
Comedic Play
Love, Time, Family

The Assembled Parties focuses on a family in 1980 that are obviously jewish, and obviously upper middle class New Yorkers. The family is comprised of a husband and wife who is inviting his sister and her busband over and they have two sons, one of whom is away at college and brings a friend home, and the other who’s a five year old who’s sick through most of the first act. Not a lot happens during the first act, and I guess the major reason this play is being produced is that it’s written by Richard Greenberg who did Take Me Out, which is a terrific play about a gay baseball player coming out; also set in New York. This one has Jessica Hecht, Mark Blum, and Judith Light. Nothing much happens, it’s very talky, and the main character played by Jessica Hecht has her sing song characteristic cadence which drove me nuts; there seemed to be no reason for it. The second act takes place twenty years later and it has certainly a lot more energy to it and a lot more plot, but I’m not sure what this play is about. I’m not sure if it’s about people trying to assimilate, forgiveness, full circles, I have no idea. Jessica has a mysterious illness that she’s about to succumb to, though I don’t want to give away too much of the plot in case you see it, but it seems so tedious. Judith Light plays the most fun character with the most one liners in it, but I guess I don’t quite see the point. Two stars.

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