How to Transcend a Happy Marriage': TheaterMarisa Tomei, Robin Weigert, Omar Metwally and Tony Award winner Lena Hall appear in this new play by Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl.First, a confession: I’ve never been to an orgy. But I imagine they probably start out as a great deal of fun before eventually becoming tiresome and exhausting. Such is also the case with the new play by Sarah Ruhl, a Lincoln Center Theater premiere that depicts how a trio of polyamorous lovers have a life-changing impact on two suburban married couples. After a sexy and amusing first act, How to Transcend a Happy Marriage goes downhill quickly, prompting one to ask the question, "What the hell just happened?"Director Rebecca Taichman, whose previous collaborations with the playwright include The Oldest Boy and Stage Kiss, has assembled a terrific ensemble for this production: The cast includes Oscar winner Marisa Tomei; Lena Hall, who won a Tony Award for her gender-bending performance in the Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch; and Robin Weigert, whose extensive television credits include HBO’s Deadwood and Big Little Lies. But while those actors and the rest of the cast deliver faultless performances, they’re ultimately undone by the problematic script.
Tags How to Transcend a Happy Marriage Theater Marisa Tomei Robin Weigert Omar Metwally Tony Award new play playwright include The Oldest Boy and Stage Kiss Fascinated by the story magical realism
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