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Miles for Mary

Members say: Great acting, Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Great writing
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The Bushwick Starr presents the world premiere of The Mad Ones' bittersweet missive about endurance and surrender in a late '80s American high school.

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It's 1988 and the planning committee for Garrison High School's ninth annual 'Miles For Mary' Telethon is fired up and ready to go. Across subcommittee sessions in the phys-ed teachers' lounge, Drama Desk-nominated The Mad Ones assemble an analog elegy to the camcorder 1980s, girls' track and field, and the consecrated American high school.


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The New York Times

"This meticulous creation from the Mad Ones theater troupe would send you bolting for the exit, if it weren’t so funny and unexpectedly touching...As directed by Lila Neugebauer, with a precision-tuned cast, the production cannily uses interactive acting to plumb the dysfunction in group dynamics...Their performances are so indivisibly linked that it would be an injustice to single one out...Neugebauer is fast establishing herself as one of the finest ensemble directors in New York." Full Review

Time Out New York

"Your troubles lift from your shoulders while you're watching the show, a bittersweet comedy about high-school committee work in 1989...It's pure delight, an easy way to pay a few bucks for radiating pleasure...The company is hugely collaborative...And that collectivity has made for precision, invention, richness...Perhaps all this nostalgia doesn't apply if you don't remember the first Clinton administration. But for the rest of us, 'Miles for Mary' is being run in our honor and memory." Full Review

New York Theatre Review

"The entire cast of 'Miles For Mary' is superb...The commonality of purpose among the cast is crystal clear. In a difficult play that consists of fast-paced and overlapping language they make it look seamless...The combination of actors, set and costumes comes together beautifully as integral pieces of the larger puzzle...The Mad Ones have created a thought-provoking piece not only about where the line is when it comes to getting things done but also about human interaction." Full Review


"Stephanie Wright Thompson’s performance, and the acting across the company, is incredibly consistent and strong...A dramatic tone poem, so thick on atmosphere, I still worried toward the end about the thinness of the arc, the shallowness of its depths. Sure, I enjoyed myself but I didn’t know exactly why, or what for...Ultimately, the show’s relentless commitment to detail and unflagging performances succeeds as its own kind of marathon." Full Review

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Funny, Clever, Great acting, Intense, Touching

See it if You like small, intimate productions dealing with interpersonal relationships, and great ensemble acting.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate plays with minimal action, or are uncomfortable with interpersonal conflict on stage.

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want a very funny cast portraying committee members with all their idiosyncrasies & the crazy group dynamics; great detail

Don't see it if you don't want a play that only takes place in the meetings, if you want more action - much of the humor here is in subtle body language

Great acting, Intelligent, Quirky, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You were a high school teacher on 1989

Don't see it if Being stuck in a stuff meeting is your idea of a nightmare

Delightful, Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful, Hilarious

See it if a wrenching comedy of good intentions from a stellar collective. Unique, beautiful, nuanced performances create a thrilling whole.

Don't see it if it's a play with a singular sensibility about the profound within the banal-- you have to be willing to get on its wavelength.

Funny, Original, Great acting, Relevant, Tedious

See it if you are a teacher, or have ever served on a committee, or have ever had sensitivity training, or are a mental health professional.

Don't see it if you prefer shows with high-stakes conflicts and/or which move quickly.

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you liked Humans, The Wolves. Here is an incredibly talented ensemble cast working so well together I kept forgetting I was in the theater

Don't see it if you dislike off-Broadway, only like musicals, or hate general adm. But for $25, if you love the theater, go anyway. Extended to 11/12

Great acting, Great writing

See it if You love watching ensemble theatre hitting all the right notes--great acting to hilarious human dialogue about interactions that we all know

Don't see it if Hmmm hard to hit this one. Enjoy the show!

Funny, Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy Christopher Guest style humor

Don't see it if you don't like office place humor, incredibly realistic dialogue (filled with non-sequiters, etc.)

Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want a show that will make you think. See it if you love off-Broadway or something different.

Don't see it if You want a more glamorous, well developed show

Great acting, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if ...if you appreciate ensemble cast acting. If you've been forced to participate in all kinds of silly meetings in the past.

Don't see it if ...if you can't walk a steep flight of stairs up to the venue.

Also It's these public teachers' body language that's the thing here. Know ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like great ensemble performance, attention to period detail, depiction of a corner of real life as if a hidden camera filmed it

Don't see it if You are looking for a play about a high-stakes event.