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Matt Rogers
#1Brooklyn Laundry
Posted: 2/7/24 at 9:35pm

This play is extremely charming. The actors are all amazing. There is a revolving set and each one of the extremely detailed sets is better than the one before. It’s a great production by one of our best living playwrights.

That said, here we have another 80 minute one act where the tickets are being sold for $100. I would have liked to see  an Act Two, but apparently these days, playwrights can just put out a brief staged sit-com, and that is your night in the theatre. I have major problems with these dinky little one acts charging a fortune. I’m looking at you, Cole. 
 

In any case, Brooklyn Laundry is very entertaining and well written. The sets look like they spent a million dollars on them. It is 80 minutes long. Is 80 minutes the new 90 minutes? 

dave1606
#2Brooklyn Laundry
Posted: 2/8/24 at 12:50pm

Definitely want to see this. anyone have the 30 under 35 code? I continually keep missing them from my email. Updated On: 2/8/24 at 12:50 PM

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TaffyDavenport
#3Brooklyn Laundry
Posted: 2/8/24 at 12:58pm

Easy $43 TodayTix rush for tonight, and, as a bonus, I used my converted unused Show-Score credit to take $23 off.

MemorableUserName
#4Brooklyn Laundry
Posted: 2/8/24 at 1:31pm

Copying over the blurb TaffyDavenport posted in the original thread in case anyone is unfamiliar with the play:

"Written and directed by John Patrick Shanley with Florencia Lozano, Cecily Strong, Andrea Syglowski, David Zayas

John Patrick Shanley, the Pulitzer Prize-and Tony-winning author of Doubt and the Oscar-winning writer of Moonstruck, returns to MTC with this world premiere of a new play. Sometimes big things start from little things; in this case, a bag of laundry.

Shanley’s latest is about three sisters and a guy who runs a laundry in Brooklyn, and the sometimes savage tricks life plays on them. Tragic and funny by turns, this story will remind you what is important in life … and the sorrow and joy of fully embracing adulthood."

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Melissa25
#5Brooklyn Laundry
Posted: 2/8/24 at 10:40pm

I thoroughly enjoyed Brooklyn Laundry.  The performances were all superb especially  the two leads, David Zayas and Cecily Strong.  It’s about relationships, family and making decisions to thrive.  It’s hopeful and realistic.  I liked all of the characters and the dialogue was believable. Very short at about 80 minutes.  Recommended.

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TaffyDavenport
#6Brooklyn Laundry
Posted: 2/8/24 at 11:52pm

I really enjoyed this, and Cecily Strong was a revelation for me. I loved her on SNL, but she was fantastic with this dramatic material. The play is short, but satisfying, and I can see it transferring to the Friedman, solely on the strength of Cecily’s name and strong performance.

Updated On: 2/9/24 at 11:52 PM

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Melissa25
#7Brooklyn Laundry
Posted: 2/9/24 at 9:50am

Also shout out to Santo Laquasto who designed a very authentic set.  I have spent many hours in Brooklyn laundromats and this one is the real deal.  I thought the sock man from Jaja's was going to walk through at any moment.

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Kad
#8Brooklyn Laundry
Posted: 2/9/24 at 9:53am

Theatre never charged by the minute. I’d rather a really tight and entertaining 80 minute show than a lugubrious 2 hour one. 


"...everyone finally shut up, and the audience could enjoy the beginning of the Anatevka Pogram in peace."

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ANewBrainn
#9Brooklyn Laundry
Posted: 2/9/24 at 11:45am

We can confirm this is better than the god awful "The Portuguese Kid" a similar MTC city center basement John Patrick Shanley comedy?  Not even the amazing Mary Testa could have saved that show.  It made me worried he lost his touch.

Owen22
#10Brooklyn Laundry
Posted: 2/9/24 at 8:04pm

My favorite words in all of theatre:

"90 minutes; no intermission."

Dreamboy3
#11Brooklyn Laundry
Posted: 2/10/24 at 7:57am

Updated On: 2/15/24 at 07:57 AM

Dreamboy3
#12Brooklyn Laundry
Posted: 2/10/24 at 7:58am

True. But i have seen 90 minute plays that feel like 3 hours and 3 hour plays that whip by. 

spicemonkey
#13Brooklyn Laundry
Posted: 2/10/24 at 4:03pm

For MTC Off Broadway productions:  3U3

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Miss10036
#14Brooklyn Laundry
Posted: 2/14/24 at 10:45pm

I went over the weekend and while I enjoyed this, it didn't completely mesh for me.  Cecily Strong was my main draw due to her work on SNL and she did not disappoint on the comedy or drama fronts.  What a performer.  Her and David Zayas played off each other well and their scenes clicked the best, particularly their second scene together.  The characters felt lived-in and realistic; the plot developments less so.  Not that the plot points totally strain credulity or anything like that, I just felt like too many things happened relative to the shorter runtime and the time frame in which the plot takes place.  The events felt like they piled up instead of landing in a satisfying or good-dissatisfying way.  I wasn't as satisfied with how the show balanced the lighter and darker moments.  And though it's generally a brisk 80 minutes, I thought that the first scene with Trish dragged on for too long.  Design-wise, I echo the praise on here for the set.  It's a marvel.  Detailed, efficient, and interesting to look at.  Santo Loquasto nailed it.

I went through TodayTix rush and was in the back row off too the side.  Others in my row did rush, too.  Fantastic view!

Dreamboy3
#15Brooklyn Laundry
Posted: 2/15/24 at 8:05am

I was totally bored and felt the ending was unearned/came out of nowhere. I wish the play was a two-hander so the relationship between the two main characters could have been better fleshed out. 

PipingHotPiccolo
#16Brooklyn Laundry
Posted: 2/18/24 at 9:32pm

kudos to cecily strong for picking such an intricate, small play to launch what i hope is a fruitful stage career. shes fantastic start to finish, in her showier scenes and even in the background letting others shine. shes worth seeing for sure. 

and the play is engaging, another 80 minutes that mostly fly by. i enjoyed not knowing where Shanley was taking us, and I enjoyed the really impressive set work. But as others have mentioned, its a 5 act play, and the 4th act is so laden with plot bombs that the 5th can barely clean it all up---and it makes the criminal sin of trying. without revealing too much, the entirety of the play takes place over the course of less than a month but requires us to buy into the two leads buying into a relationship thats hard to take seriously. 

and while this is the best work I've seen from Zayas, i cannot fathom why he was cast here: he is and reads 20 years older than Strong, and plays a role where that matters, given that Strong's character's age is a plot point. 

for a debut piece, this is more forgivable but having just seen the taut perfection of Doubt this weekend, this is a bit of a let down.

still, i wasnt bored, and Strong is the cherry on top of a very solid cast doing some impressive work (especially Florencia Lozano). glad i caught it.

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Broadway Flash
#17Brooklyn Laundry
Posted: 2/18/24 at 10:11pm

How lazy can some of you people be?  I enjoy watching a three hour play when it’s good.  The refugee plays, French Republic, Sterophonic.  3 hours and loved it. I also like it when there’s multiple intermissions, it really feels like you’re spending the day at the theatre. 

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TaffyDavenport
#18Brooklyn Laundry
Posted: 2/19/24 at 12:53am

PipingHotPiccolo said: "kudos to cecily strong for picking such an intricate, small play to launch what i hope is a fruitful stage career. shes fantastic start to finish, in her showier scenes and even in the background letting others shine. shes worth seeing for sure.

and the play is engaging, another 80 minutes that mostly fly by. i enjoyed not knowing where Shanley was taking us, and I enjoyed the really impressive set work. But as others have mentioned, its a 5 act play, and the 4th act is so laden with plot bombs that the 5th can barely clean it all up---and it makes the criminal sin of trying. without revealing too much, the entirety of the play takes place over the course of less than a month but requires us to buy into the two leads buying into a relationship thats hard to take seriously.

and while this is the best work I've seen from Zayas, i cannot fathom why he was cast here: he is and reads 20 years older than Strong, and plays a role where that matters, given that Strong's character's age is a plot point.

for a debut piece, this is more forgivable but having just seen the taut perfection of Doubt this weekend, this is a bit of a let down.

still, i wasnt bored, and Strong is the cherry on top of a very solid cast doing some impressive work (especially Florencia Lozano). glad i caught it.
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He reads 20 years older than Strong? I didn't see that at all.

Updated On: 2/19/24 at 12:53 AM

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inception
#19Brooklyn Laundry
Posted: 2/19/24 at 7:36am

Also, this isn't Cecil6 Strong's stage debut. She did a revival of The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe at The Shed and then later in Los Angeles.


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PipingHotPiccolo
#20Brooklyn Laundry
Posted: 2/19/24 at 2:26pm

* i know Strong did that one-woman show, but this is a more traditional character-driven narrative play, a very different beast, and i hope she sticks with it, because shes great.

 

* Zayas is 21 years older than Strong in real life, and looks/acts it in the play. Maybe this was a deliberate choice to pair Fran up with someone so much older, but given the plot turns on child-rearing and procreation, it seems like an odd one to me. And it undermined their conflict even more than the rushed/sloppy nature with which it was depicted. 

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Matt Rogers
#21Brooklyn Laundry
Posted: 2/19/24 at 8:43pm

Owen22 said: "My favorite words in all of theatre:

"90 minutes; no intermission."
"

My most hated words in all of theatre: 

“90 minutes; no intermission.”

Different strokes. 

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AC126748
#22Brooklyn Laundry
Posted: 2/20/24 at 7:49am

inception said: "Also, this isn't Cecil6 Strong's stage debut. She did a revival of The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universeat The Shed and then later in Los Angeles."

Cecily was a professional actor in Chicago theater as a child and teenager, and she went to college for theater at CalArts. She didn't get involved in improv until after she graduated with a BFA. She has a deep background in theater; she didn't just wake up one morning and decide to start doing plays.


"You travel alone because other people are only there to remind you how much that hook hurts that we all bit down on. Wait for that one day we can bite free and get back out there in space where we belong, sail back over water, over skies, into space, the hook finally out of our mouths and we wander back out there in space spawning to other planets never to return hurrah to earth and we'll look back and can't even see these lives here anymore. Only the taste of blood to remind us we ever existed. The earth is small. We're gone. We're dead. We're safe." -John Guare, Landscape of the Body

thatdarnzach
#23Brooklyn Laundry
Posted: 2/20/24 at 9:38am

When you see 3-4 plays a week for your full-time job, an 80-minute jewel is a gift from above. Especially when it's sandwiched between two sub-3-hour ones.