Theresa Rebeck returns to Primary Stages with the a new family drama, starring real-life siblings Tyne and Tim Daly, who will be appearing together for the first time on the New York stage. More…
In "Downstairs," Teddy is a bit lost and has found himself staying in his older sister Irene’s unfinished basement, which has infuriated her husband Gerry. As Irene and Teddy struggle with this less-than-ideal living arrangement, they quickly find themselves grappling with the burden of their family’s troublesome history. While trying to mend the past, the pair unearths a foreboding danger threatening to break the perilously thin bonds holding them together.
for a previous production “A stunning drama that keeps the audience in doubt about reality until it strikes a jarring truth that transforms three fascinating characters...The production is not only technically superb but features subtle, engrossing stage acting...Campbell-Holt sustains Rebeck's fascinating test of what's real with staging that fiercely asserts authenticity yet always leaves room for doubt. Campbell-Holt draws nuanced performances from the three actors...A moving, cathartic theater experience.” Full Review
for a previous production “’Downstairs’...is moving, funny, and scary, and it gives one many things to think about...Considering the depth of the material, it is ironic that the plot can be explained in one sentence...While there are some good laughs and a happy ending in ‘Downstairs’, it is neither a comedy nor simple...An opportunity to see American theatrical royalty on stage in a new work by one of our finest living playwrights in a beautiful and intimate setting in rural Vermont.” Full Review
for a previous production “Rebeck can take heart that the play she wrote expressly for the Dalys is a viscerally human story, and easily her most relatable to everyday people...There are several places where considerable time can be sliced out, both with action that lingers...as well as dialogue that continues pounding home a point already made...But ‘Downstairs’ remains Rebeck's best Dorset play to date. It went down into a basement, but reached lofty heights in meaning and passion.” Full Review
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