MTC’s THE OTHER PLACE Announces Extension Due to Popular Demand, New First Preview Date for THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES

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Manhattan Theatre Club’s Broadway premiere of THE OTHER PLACE, the new play by Sharr White, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, has been extended by one week due to popular demand. Tickets to the limited engagement, which opened to critical acclaim last week at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) are now on sale through Sunday, March 3.

Tickets for the extension to THE OTHER PLACE will go on sale today at noon and are available by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200, online by visiting, or by visiting the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street).

To accommodate the extension for THE OTHER PLACE, MTC is shifting the dates for the upcoming world premiere of THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES, the new play by Richard Greenberg, directed by Lynne Meadow. THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES will now start previews on Thursday, March 21. As previously announced, the opening will remain Wednesday, April 17 at the Friedman Theatre.

When THE OTHER PLACE opened on Thursday, January 10, critics hailed Laurie Metcalf’s performance, the play, the ensemble cast, and director Joe Mantello’s work. Below is a sampling of what the critics said:

“Laurie Metcalf is superb in a performance of intense, complicated humanity. The mystery of her character’s behavior keeps acquiring new layers, and she brings to each new revelation an intensity and precision that transfixes. Sharr White’s The Other Place is a cunningly constructed entertainment that discloses its nifty twists at intervals that keep us intrigued. Worthy of praise is the fine production, nimbly directed by Joe Mantello and featuring excellent supporting performances from Daniel Stern and Zoe Perry and potently acted by John Schiappa.”

– Charles Isherwood, The New York Times

The Other Place is a gem of a play that gleams. Metcalf is simply astonishing in a searing, brilliant performance. Seeing Metcalf and Perry onstage together as mother and daughter is one of those beautiful things that come around too infrequently. The two are in real life mother and daughter, and Perry is every bit as wonderful as her mom. This is a stunning, frantic, and moving piece of theater.”

– Mark Kennedy, Associated Press

In White’s haunting, yet startlingly brisk psychological drama The Other Place, Metcalf exists in a state of physical and mental flux that dares us to keep up. Her performance is a great ringing cry from the darkness. One minute she’s massive; the next, mouselike; and finally, painfully, merely person-sized. We can’t get a fix on her until she wants us to; but boy, does she have a fix on us. White writes with great simplicity and discipline about a situation that defies discipline, defies neatness. The Other Place is a piercing play about regret, remorse, under Mantello’s exquisite direction.”

– Scott Brown, New York Magazine

The Other Place is breathtaking, crackling theatre. Metcalf is mesmerizing, radiating a brusque intelligence and mordant wit with occasional flashes of raw and childlike vulnerability. Her scene with Perry is a remarkable dramatic pas de deux. Metcalf manages to tap all of Julianna’s long-repressed anxieties and guilt about her mothering skills in a breathtaking moment of catharsis.”

– Thom Geier, Entertainment Weekly

THE OTHER PLACE stars Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne,” November), Daniel Stern (“The Wonder Years,” Diner), Zoe Perry (Broadway debut), and John Schiappa (Assassins, Take Me Out).

Three-time Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Laurie Metcalf stars in MTC’s Broadway-premiere production of THE OTHER PLACE, a riveting new thriller by fast-rising playwright Sharr White and directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Other Desert Cities, Wicked, Love! Valour! Compassion!).

Metcalf gives a “dazzling, must-be-seen performance” (Variety) as Juliana Smithton, a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. Her husband (Daniel Stern) has filed for divorce, her daughter (Zoe Perry) has eloped with a much older man (John Schiappa) and her own health is in jeopardy. But in this brilliantly crafted work, nothing is as it seems. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface.

THE OTHER PLACE had its world premiere at MCC Theater (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director), opening on March 28, 2011 where it extended due to popular demand. THE OTHER PLACE was nominated for two Outer Critics Circle Awards, a Drama League Award, and three Lucille Lortel Awards. Metcalf won an Obie Award and a Lucille Lortel Award for her performance in the production.

The creative team for the production includes Eugene Lee & Edward Pierce (scenic design), David Zinn (costume design), Justin Townsend (lighting design), Fitz Patton (original music, sound design), William Cusick (projection design), Caparelliotis Casting (casting), and Telsey + Company (casting).

Production support provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of the MTC/Sloan Science Theatre Initiative. Additional support for THE OTHER PLACE is provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

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