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Tom Lenk ('Buffy the Vampire Slayer') stars as Tilda Swinton in the New York premiere of this comedy about life with one of the galaxy’s greatest living actors.

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In 'Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist' an isolated and aimless gay man with a "roommate wanted" ad on Craigslist finds his life, family, and relationship flipped upside down when the ad is answered by effusive and other-worldly actress Tilda Swinton, who demands she be allowed to study and dissect his sad life for her next big movie role. The two very different personalities clash immediately as things get comically chaotic and surprisingly cathartic.

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LA Weekly

for a previous production "Lenk’s drama queen cavorts in the style of Gloria Swanson or some other tart-tongued, camera-worshipping celebrity...Lenk performs with flawless aplomb; if his character is a campy caricature, well, it’s an admirably crisp, well-paced one. In multiple roles, both Sullivan and Entwistle prove skilled comedians...The main problem comes down to the script, which features a smattering of laugh lines but too few...A lot of reiteration and excess silliness—not, for my money, the inspired kind." Full Review


for a previous production "Cleverly written by Lane, sharply directed by Tom Detrinis, and played to perfection by Lenk...Lane effectively underplays the sad sack Walt as the perfect counterpoint to the deliciously, over-the-top Ms. Swinton...Lenk has nailed Tilda's toss of the head, her accent, her hyper self-awareness, her divaness. Bravo, Tom Lenk!...So many wonderfully, witty lines and throw-aways from the mouth of Tilda, from the pen of Lane...Grab a ticket to this if you can." Full Review

Edge Los Angels

for a previous production "The cleverness of Lane's script and the sharp comedic mastery of Lenk makes 'Tilda Swinton' a play you won't forget...Lenk is simply remarkable...He takes the iconic and quirky actress and amplifies the things about her that make her sort of kooky...Lenk's immaculate timing is what makes the role work...Consistently hilarious...For a show with a set up as goofy as this, it was a surprise to also be moved in between stomach-clenching laughter." Full Review

Stage Raw

for a previous production "Lenk’s performance is energetic, sharp, and hilarious; he’s not only constantly funny but occasionally really does channel Swinton’s odd intensity...The main problem here is that all of the stuff with Tilda is gold, but most of the other stuff is not. However, Lane is responsible for writing plenty of great lines...Let me be clear: most Swinton or Lenk fans are going to thoroughly enjoy themselves. It’s just unfortunate that the play itself is more variable in quality than it might be." Full Review

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