The Spring season at the National Theatre goes on sale today for Advance Members and to the General Public on Feb 15th. Although several shows look enticing, i’ve settled on tickets to Detroit by Lisa D’Amour. I’m sure most of my readers have never been to downtown Detroit and hopefully never will have to, but fortunately the play takes place in a suburb of this burnt out, decrepit city!
From the National Theatre website: In a suburb of a mid-sized American city, Ben and Mary welcome their new neighbours, Sharon and Kenny, who have moved in to the long-empty house next door. Fuelled by backyard barbecues and booze, their sudden friendship rapidly veers out of control, as inhibitions are obliterated and the fragility of Ben and Mary’s off-the-shelf lifestyle is laid bare.
Lisa D’Amour’s brutal, hilarious play makes its London premiere in a new production by Austin Pendleton, who directed its hugely acclaimed premiere at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre.
I’m moving to the woods with my friend Mary. With chipmunks and baby deer for neighbors. Fuck this bullshit place.
‘Terrific. This scary-funny comedy speaks to the fractious, frightened American moment more perceptively than any play I’ve seen.’
New York Times