Developed in collaboration with the Architect Institute of America commemorating the demolition of the Old Penn Station, the play charts an unlikely friendship across the upheavals of the mid-1960s. More…
On October 28th, 1963 the demolition of New York's Pennsylvania Station begins. The wrecking crews work outside in the morning drizzle to dismantle a fifty-three-year-old architectural marvel. Inside, a construction worker turned photographer is running away from his past while an aging English teacher can't let his go. Their coincidental meeting begins a three-year conversation over the value of old and new, as one man fights to keep the station standing while the other is taking it down. 'The Eternal Space' aims to bring the Old Penn Station back to life while giving voice to the quiet lament of losing it half a century ago.
See it if you are interested in the destruction of the original (magnificent) Penn Station. The loss to NYC resulted in other landmarks being saved.
Don't see it if you want a fully-engaging play. The dialogue wasn't all zippy. I zoned out some. The visuals, tho, were impressive (blown-up photos).
See it if You love architecture and/or photography. *I like the parallel of the 2 characters tearing each other down & building each other back up.
Don't see it if You're looking for a history lesson about Old Penn Station. You prefer lighthearted plays with immensely likable characters.
See it if You love a good story- the kind that sticks with you and you want to tell everyone you know all about it.
Don't see it if You want to see a musical.
See it if you love New York. This is a love letter to the city as it was, is, and will be. A timely reminder that nothing lasts forever, and that's ok
Don't see it if You think it's going to be a dry play about architecture or history.
See it if You are are a New Yorker or love New York. It has an amazing set that will transport you back in time to the New York of old.
Don't see it if You expect a over produced musical