This Beautiful Future
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Caught in the middle of a war, two teenagers fall in love and take shelter from a divided world.

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Critic Reviews (6)

The New York Times
January 18th, 2022

"CRITIC’S PICK...Despite the enchanting haze of wistfulness that hangs over “This Beautiful Future,” by Rita Kalnejais, an Australian playwright based in London, the play is a gimlet-eyed romance. Its lovers are as young and unworldly as Liesl and her Nazi boyfriend, Rolfe, in “The Sound of Music.”"
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New York Magazine / Vulture
January 19th, 2022

"Director Jack Serio has polished the production so it shines. (Pendleton is an exception, stumbling over his lines, but he was added to the cast quite late.) Frank J. Oliva’s set, Christopher Darbassie’s sound design (that bombing raid seemed to run straight overhead), and Stacey Derosier’s lighting design make the tininess of the space into a virtue, and its intimacy begins to feel like luxury. Carpanini and Mark both do strong work, unaffected by the audience sitting only a few feet away. They only fail, understandably, at seeming to be younger than they are."
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TheaterScene.net
January 17th, 2022

First presented in London in 2017, this shimmering U.S. premiere affirms its acclaim. The Australian-born Ms. Kalnejais’ writing is highly crafted, imaginative and affective. Kalnejais was inspired by a 2016 museum exhibition containing W.W. II-era film footage to create this entrancing historical tale during a sense of worldwide political chaos. “I wanted to write something hopeful and delicious and gorgeous and put something gorgeous out into the world,” she has said in an interview.
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Front Row Center
January 16th, 2022

"All this love and falling will come at a price. A world war cannot be kept away forever. The doors will have their hinges blown off, the lovers their ideas, beliefs, and innocent hopes assassinated. They cannot stay in this place forever. None of us ever can. Life will not allow it. I don’t want to say too much because there are depths and surprises that are best discovered in the moment. Theaterlab’s theater is a wonderfully open, white box space that works to bring pieces just like This Beautiful Future to New York audiences. Exciting nontraditional theater that explores language and art. Head up to its location on the third floor and fall in love."
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Exeunt Magazine
January 23rd, 2022

"You can’t choose when you fall in love. For Elodie and Otto, the central characters of Rita Kalnejais’ This Beautiful Future, that turns out to have a load of complications. In Jack Serio’s quietly moving production, the audience experiences a similar conflict. We become invested in these characters, in their relationships with each other and with the outside world, only to learn something dark and evil, and then turn around and question our judgment of that darkness. In a spare 75 minutes, Kalnejais creates a whirlpool of emotion and it never stops spinning."
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New York Theater
January 16th, 2022

a night’s dalliance between a young German soldier and a French teenager….Given the appealing cast and the intimate setting…one could almost take in the play as an uncomplicated love story. [But Otto is] a committed Nazi… [The playwright] seems to be treating the Holocaust as no more than an available tool for dramatic effect, a little spice in her overall love potion. That poisoned the play for me.
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