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  Junk at Arena Stage


Arena Stage
1101 Sixth Street, SW Washington

As the brilliant and calculating Robert Merkin prepares a hostile takeover of a family-owned manufacturing company, he is not concerned about crossing the line to get what he wants in the name of "saving America." Inspired by the volatile and cut-throat financial world and the junk bond giants of the 1980s, "this epic piece of work" (Chicago Tribune) is an enticing look at the money makers, their hubris and those who tried to hold them accountable. Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar's (Disgraced) latest work asks if redemption is truly possible or if there is always a new scheme waiting in the wings.

Thru - May 5, 2019

Price: $56 - $115

Box Office: 202-488-3300

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BroadwayWorld - Highly Recommended

"...Overall, Arena Stage's production of Junk is a solid, enjoyable production, and well worth taking the time to see, no matter your financial status."
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Rachael Goldberg

Talkin Broadway - Recommended

"...While Keegan gives a dynamic performance as a man building the future, several other cast members provide crisp counterpoints: Gero, as Everson, finding that caring about his employees makes him a dinosaur in business; Macdonald, as a man who isn't prepared to lose his pre-eminent position in finance to some kid from California; Zafir, as Pronsky, rough-edged but proud and defiant despite everything; and Lise Bruneau as Gero's longtime financial advisor."
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Susan Berlin

DCTheatreScene - Recommended

"...The performance quality is uniformly high. Indulge me for a moment, please, while I point out what a fine actor Keegan has become. He is the play’s focal point; and could be played as a moustache-twirling villain. Instead, he plays him as the story’s most reasonable person, motivated less by greed and vengeance than by a desire to do good, opening the nation’s wealth to excluded parties (himself included) and promoting rational economic choice, including the closing of unproductive businesses. In a scene with Amy and the couple’s baby, he almost seems like a young dad trying to provide a good start to his new family, notwithstanding that he just revealed that his last year’s pretax income was $800 million."
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Tim Treanor

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