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The Moscows Of Nantucket

Theater J
1529 Sixteenth Street, NW Washington

Affluent, anxious and at each other’s throats, the Moscovich’s attempt some unusual family bonding over a summer weekend in Nantucket. On the agenda are brisket, booze and a blowout confrontation between competing brothers who’ve avoided each other for years. A fast-paced new American comedy with its heart in Chekhov's country, from the author of Helen Hayes Award nominated The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall.

Thru - Jun 12, 2011

Wednesdays: 7:30pm
Thursdays: 7:30pm
Saturdays: 8:00pm
Sundays: 3:00pm & 7:30pm



Price: $35-$55

Box Office: 202-777-3210

Running Time: 1 hour,30 mins with no intermission

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  Review Round-Up

Washington Post - Somewhat Recommended

"...Forman, unfortunately, pitches the perspective of the 90-minute comedy as a platform for Benjie, and unless you’re inclined to embrace a young man who continually mooches off relatives, lives in his bathrobe and gives off far less sympathetic vibes than he imagines, “The Moscows of Nantucket” will feel distinctly unmoored. “I guess maybe it’s time for me to grow up a little,” says Benjie, in the goofy guise of James Flanagan. Uh, ya think so?"
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Peter Marks


WeLoveDC - Somewhat Recommended

"...Playwright Sam Forman missed the mark of what the show could of been with this kind of premise. The sibling rivalry between Michael and Benjamin doesn’t really go anywhere after an intermission-less 90 minutes. There are also hints of some Gen-Y topics, like boomeranging and career choices, that could of been explored more but aren’t as poor Benjamin plays the “woe is me” card all night long. As much as you want to care about the struggle and in-fighting between the Moscows, the audience doesn’t truly connect to them on any emotional level. The piece is front-loaded with comedy to start and ends suddenly as it tries to find the drama and conflict within."
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Patrick Pho


City Paper - Recommended

"...So Tolstoy was right about unhappy families; it’s just that the Moscows aren’t truly unhappy. The way Bob Rogerson and Susan Rome, as Richard and Ellen, shoot each other an approval-soliciting glance when one of them cracks a joke shows us they’re still in love. There’s isn’t much real darkness here, nor much surprise, but the thing succeeds anyway, borne aloft by the chemistry of a uniformly strong cast. You kind of wish the Moscows would invite you out to the island for a week of recreational kvetching, too. As Benjamin, James Flangan is the soul of the enterprise: His queasy empathy keeps the whole thing from feeling too sitcom-frivolous. He’s eyeballing the abyss at present—and even his dad seems to be giving him a wide berth lest the stench of failure prove communicable—but Benjamin’s had the good fortune to hit bottom in a house owned by the people who love him most in the world. That’s a lucky thing, because family is priceless. Also, it’s probably a pretty sweet house."
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Chris Klimek


DCTheatreScene - Highly Recommended

Family reunions and vacations often provide rich material for stage and screen. In Theater J’s world premiere of The Moscows of Nantucket, simmering tensions, clashing personalities, and close quarters combine for high comedy and family drama at a picturesque beachfront hideaway.
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Ben Demers


Washington Jewish Week - Somewhat Recommended

"...Playwright Forman has been described as a Woody Allen for the 21st century. He lacks the biting wit of the early Allenesque comedies and the life-changing moral quandaries that Allen favored of late. While the Moscows' repartee garners laughs and they trade effortlessly in sarcasm - little wonder that financier Richard's two sons became writers - it's not dazzling dialogue, a generation removed having lost the cadences of old country and Borsht Belt Jewish inflections."
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Lisa Traiger



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