Many plays have a familiar source of drama and intrigue: Get a family to reunite for whatever the reason and all of the passion and suppression will find its way out there. But Donald Margulies's The Country House takes this format to new heights. And director Daniel Sullivan knows exactly how to squeeze out every last bit of tension and relief.
Brilliantly acted by Michael Cera as Warren, Kieran Culkin as Dennis, and Tavi Gevinson, as Jessica Goldman, the object of Warren's fantasies, and flawlessly directed by Anna D. Shapiro, Lonergan's wonderfully crafted 1996 play captures all the agony and the ecstasy, but mostly the agony, of post-pubescent youth.
Under the astute leadership of Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch and Resident Director (and former co-Artistic Director) Ethan McSweeny, CTC has offering poignant and provocative, expertly-written new plays alongside riveting interpretations of such classics as Shakespeare's Macbeth, Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and more.