Tarragon’s Artistic Director Richard Rose to direct Toronto premiere of critically acclaimed Broadway play featuring stacked cast
October 21, 2016, TORONTO – Richard Rose, Artistic Director of Tarragon Theatre, is pleased to announce The Realistic Joneses as the next piece opening in its 46th season. The Realistic Joneses, written by Will Eno, is directed by Tarragon’s own Richard Rose. The play runs November 9 – December 18, 2016 (opening November 16) in the Mainspace.
Meet the Joneses – Bob and Jennifer, and their neighbours, John and Pony – two couples who have even more in common than their identical homes and shared last names. With compassion, great humour and a fine eye for the quirks of contemporary life, The Realistic Joneses brings insight and laughter from Broadway to the Tarragon.
The Realistic Joneses comes to Tarragon with an all star cast, including Tom Barnett (An Enemy of the People, “Orphan Black”), three time Gemini winner and co-founder of Soulpepper theatre company Susan Coyne (Slings and Arrows, Between the Sheets), Patrick McManus (9 seasons at Shaw, most recently Uncle Vanya) and Jenny Young (The Penelopiad, Waiting Room, CBC’s “Afghanada”).
Audiences feel their values challenged and affirmed in this touching piece, as full of insight into everyday people’s humanity as it is full of laughs. “In The Realistic Joneses the haunting presence of mortality changes the characters,” notes Richard Rose, “it creates this ‘other’ world around them, elevating these ordinary people and their lives to an everyday heroism.”
The Realistic Joneses is, at its core, a play that trades high drama for the real and the relatable: the need for love & family, coping with illness, and finding a way to live in uncertainty. Upon reflecting on the piece, Rose notes “a sense of humanity that is recognizable,” in Eno’s writing.
This play has previously appeared on Broadway where it received significant critical acclaim. Its appearance at Tarragon Theatre marks the Toronto premiere.
The human condition is a funny thing, why not laugh about it?
The Realistic Joneses
In Tarragon Theatre’s Mainspace
by Will Eno
directed by Richard Rose
featuring Tom Barnett, Susan Coyne, Patrick McManus and Jenny Young
November 9 – December 18, 2016 (Opens November 18)
Meet the Joneses – Bob and Jennifer, and their neighbours, John and Pony – two couples who have even more in common than their identical homes and shared last names. With compassion, great humour, and a fine eye for the quirks of contemporary life, The Realistic Joneses dives deep below the surface to expose the extraordinary heroism of the everyday.
“Plays as funny and moving, as wonderful and weird as The Realistic Joneses, do not appear often on Broadway; a pleasurable rush virtually unmatched by anything I’ve seen this season.” – Charles Isherwood, New York Times
CAST + CREW
Written by Will Eno
Directed by Richard Rose
Starring Tom Barnett, Susan Coyne, Patrick McManus & Jenny Young
Set and costume designer Charlotte Dean
Sound designer Thomas Ryder Payne
Lighting designer Graeme S. Thomson
Assistant lighting design Nick Andison
Stage manager Marinda de Beer
Assistant director Terri Hawkes
Apprentice stage manager Sam Hale
Showtimes are Tuesday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2:30pm, and select Saturdays at 2:30pm.
Tickets range from $28 – 65 and can be purchased online at www.tarragontheatre.com, or by phone at 416-531-1827. Discounts are available for seniors, students, groups and arts workers.
Tarragon offers the most flexible subscription packages in the city with savings of up to 40%, allowing patrons to choose their productions, change their dates free of charge, and offering many different price points to suit all schedules and budgets. Visit the website or call Patron Services today for more information.
Rush tickets are sold for $20 cash only, in person at the theatre two hours before showtime. This year Tarragon will also be offering online rush tickets at varying discounts, 24h prior to the show. Both Rush ticket options are subject to availability.
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Tarragon Theatre’s 2016/2017 Season Sponsor is BMO Financial Group. The 2016/17 Season Media Sponsors are NOW Magazine, Jazz FM Radio, and Zoomer Radio/Classical 96.3. The Realistic Joneses is sponsored by Laura Dinner & Richard Rooney.
Tarragon Theatre gratefully acknowledges annual operating support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.
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