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“4000 Miles” at Hampton Theatre Company
January 26, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - January 29, 2017 @ 2:30 pm$30
The Beacon’s Review of “4000 Miles” is online here.
“4000 Miles,” Amy Herzog’s comic drama that won the Obie Award for Best New American Play and was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize, opens Jan. 12 at the Hampton Theatre Company in Quogue and runs through Jan. 29.
In “4000 Miles,” Ms. Herzog creates a truthful and touching portrait of the often contentious but loving relationship between a crusty, old-style lefty grandmother, Vera Joseph, and her rudderless, new-style lefty grandson, Leo Joseph-Connell.
The play opens with Leo’s impromptu 3 a.m. arrival at his grandmother’s Greenwich Village apartment, baggage-laden bike in tow. As a reluctant overnight stay turns into weeks and the story behind his arrival is revealed, the two unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other.
The Pulitzer Prize citation for “4000 Miles” described the play as “a drama that shows acute understanding of human idiosyncrasy.”
Robert Simonson, in a Playbill article on the Pulitzer finalist, noted that critics found the “naturalistic tapestry” of this “gentle, warm drama … touching, compassionate and authentically felt.”
The cast of “4000 Miles” features three Hampton Theatre Company veterans and one newcomer. Playing Vera Joseph is HTC artistic director Diana Marbury, last seen as Grandma Kurnitz in the 2016 production of “Lost in Yonkers.” Ben Schnickel, last on the HTC stage in the roles of Jim, Tom and Kenneth in “Clybourne Park” in 2015, has the role of her grandson Leo.
Amanda Griemsmann, who appeared most recently as Nina in the 2016 HTC production of “Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike,” play’s Leo’s on-again-off-again girlfriend Bec. Newcomer Samantha Herrera, a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse, plays Amanda, a girl Leo brings home from a bar.
HTC Executive Director Sarah Hunnewell directs. Set design is by Sean Marbury; lighting design by Sebastian Paczynski; and costumes by Teresa Lebrun.
“4000 Miles” runs at the Quogue Community Hall from January 12 to January 29, 2017 with shows on Thursdays and Fridays at 7, Saturdays at 8 and Sundays at 2:30. There will also be an additional matinee performance of “4000 Miles” on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 2:30 p.m. prior to the regular 8 p.m. evening performance.
For more information or to reserve tickets, visit www.hamptontheatre.org, or call OvationTix at 1.866.811-4111.