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The Beyoncé (Adjusted Realists at ART/New York)
Nodding to Queen Bey but based on the Anton Chekhov story “The Fiancée,” The Beyoncé is a razor sharp and deeply personal coming-of-age conundrum produced by Adjusted Realists (Gluten!, Chickens in the Yard).
With her wedding around the corner, Nadia is terrified to discover that her heart doesn’t want what it obviously should want: a decent husband and a stable, small town family life. She instead fantasizes about running off to the bright lights of the big city, immersing in counterculture, and leaving her family to fend for their own little existences. Is this a selfish daydream or a full-body call to adventure that must be answered?
Time Out New York has called playwright Eliza Bent (Toilet Fire, Aloha Aloha) “this generation’s answer to Amy Sedaris: frank, weird and immensely likable,” and The New York Times describes her work as at once “droll and thought provoking” and “irresistibly raucous and impassioned.” This next entry in her increasingly vital repertoire of social satire promises to be one of the must-see hits of the summer.
Directed by Stephen Kaliski
Starring Rolls Andre, Andrea Aranguren, Maggie Low, Jeremiah Maestas,
Roger Manix, Rachel McPhee, & Regan Sims