The Assembled Parties
Jessica Hecht, Judith Light, Jeremy Shamos, Mark Blum
Dir. Lynne Meadow
2 Hr 30 Min (Including one 15 minute intermission)
Manhattan Theatre Club at The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (Thru June 16th)
The Assembled Parties in short is about the Bascovs, an affluent Upper West Side Jewish family celebrating christmas, in 1980 (Act One) and 2000 (Act Two).
Its not a GREAT play, its good but in light of things like Sons Of The Prophet & Other Desert Cities its not mind blowing in terms of family dramedys. Judith Light is astounding as aunt Faye and well worth the price of the ticket, Jeremy Shamos is great as family friend Jeff and the rest of the cast does their job well (including Mark Blum as Faye’s husband Mort, and Jake Silberman pulling double duty as two of the Bascov sons) and while Jessica Hecht has her moments including a fantastic monologue in the second act, ultimately her odd character choices slightly throws off the performance.
Mr Greenberg, author of plays such as Take Me Out and Three Days Of Rain was commissioned by MTC to write this piece, and it has their subscriber base right in their sights so I can’t fault the whole thing. I also rather enjoyed some of the directing choices made by Lynne Meadow in addition to Santo Loquasto’s innovative apartment set.