In Page 73's world premiere, six characters are brought to life by three actors playing across gender and generation, capturing father/daughter and mother/son in a family drama. More…
The Phelans and the Lavecchias grew up in each other’s homes in a tight-knit working-class community, sharing the good times and the bad. As the younger generation grapples with complicated life choices, a shifting crisis is set in motion that threatens the bonds of this extended family.
"So smoothly virtuosic that it takes a while to realize how good it really is...Afterward, reflecting on the play, you may marvel at how finely Chung has woven her thematic threads (about family, heredity, nationality, genetics) into the tapestry that unravels with such violence in the play’s second half. This is challenging material, but the actors come through with stunning work...'Catch as Catch Can' is what Off Broadway theater can be at its best. Don’t miss it." Full Review
"'Catch as Catch Can’ is multiple plays in one. The first act is a play exploring the notions of family, love, and how our responsibility to each shifts from generation to generation. I was interested in this play, but then it was lost to the second act, which seemed an entirely different play about mental illness. I similarly would have watched a piece with this issue as its main focus, however, within the frame of this larger piece, that ‘play’ felt incomplete and underdeveloped.” Full Review
"Under Ken Rus Schmoll’s direction, typically cool and precise, they differentiate their roles but also twin them, showing how parents are echoed in their children. Does all that structural sophistication serve the play? The doubling, though often masterly (I’d swear Ms. Serralles’s pants fit her differently as Daniela than as Lon), makes it harder to pin down any one character...It makes some scenes harder to parse, which dulls the play’s horror." Full Review
See it if incredible writing: soulful, sharp, risky. Funny & harrowing theatricality, gorgeous performances.
Don't see it if you might find it more engaging intellectually than emotionally.
Also the getting-ready-for-dinner scene is a masterpiece.
See it if Virtuosic actors play multiple roles of different genders/generations in a heartbreak family drama. Funny/ebullient act 1; sad/tragic act 2.
Don't see it if The two acts are so different. Maybe the point is that the bonds of family & friendship are fragile? The acting alone is well worth seeing
See it if Stunning tour-de-force for 3 stars of off-Broadway Biehl. Esper & Serralles dazzle in cross gender/generational roles via expert direction
Don't see it if Unfortunately, Chung's drama is not up to actor's caliber. Dysfunctional family saga begins interestingly but dissolves into confusion
See it if the NY preem of a terrific writer with a lot on her mind about identify formation, inheritances, and much more. beautifully acted & directed
Don't see it if if you have trouble engaging with demanding, formally ambitious work, this may not be for you
See it if you want to see some really virtuosic performances--all three actors are doing astounding work.
Don't see it if you want a show where you can leave thinking "I know what that was about." This one you can't (and I think that may be what they wanted).
See it if Three actors portray six characters of different ages and genders in a two-generation dysfunctional family with issues still unresolved.
Don't see it if Sometimes hard to distinguish character changes and relationships. Plot is confusing to follow.
See it if Careful what parents teach their children, it might prove detrimental. Three-actor/six-role two-act comedy/drama. So many dichotomies.
Don't see it if Lost in the shuffle. Better actors could've pulled this off, but the gender & tonal switches from first to second acts make this labourious.
See it if you want to see three amazing actors trying to portray six roles.
Don't see it if you don't like white family dramas with an excruciating amount of small talks and unimportant details.
See it if You enjoy experiments in theater presentation. A test of director, actors and audience makes everyone work hard, you decide if it's worth it
Don't see it if You want to sit by and enjoy a show. It was disappointing for me to see good actors fail to meet the challenge presented.
See it if Wow. 3 virtuoso actors doubling as mother/son or father/daughter, often within seconds. Masterful, tender, and finally heartbreaking.
Don't see it if you want to see a conventional play, or if you're easily upset by an intense story of family breakdown.
See it if You like watching 3 actors shift into 6 different roles onstage and the resulting effort it takes to sort out who said what to whom.
Don't see it if You don't like plays that start off as a self-conscious comedy and abruptly shift into a suicidal drama for no reason and with no pay off.
See it if You want to revel in the virtuosity of performers playing across gender and age. And have time to spare.
Don't see it if You want to see succinct storytelling. The flashy structural device of the casting did not pay off in the story of the second act.
See it if You want to experience THE most unusual play now in NYC and I am positive the most unusual you have even seen performed flawlessly !
Don't see it if You can’t deal with shows that don’t follow the traditional dramatic arc. You want to just sit back and let the play flow over you, not here
See it if You want to see 3 actors at the top of their game. 3 actors play 6 characters. Sometimes at the same time. Brilliant..
Don't see it if You don't like having women play men or men play women roles.
See it if you enjoy seeing new works by up and coming writers and you want to see three terrific actors at the top of their game!
Don't see it if you are easily confused. Each actor plays 2 roles. It does take time until the relationships are made clear.
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