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Time and The Conways
Time and The Conways is playing at American Airline Theatre located at 227 West 42nd Street. It runs two hours and twenty minutes with one intermission. The play closes on November 26, 2017.
The play was written by J. B. Priestley in 1937.
Rebecca Taichmann is the director. She won a Tony Award in 2017 for Indecent.
Paloma Young is the costume designer. She won a Tony Award for Peter and The Starcatcher (2012) and was nominated for a Tony Award for Natasha, Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 (2017).
Steve Boyer was nominated for a Tony Award for Hand to God (2015).
Gabriel Ebert won a Tony Award for Matilda The Musical in 2013.
The setting is 1919 and 1937 in Britain.
Mrs. Conaway (Elizabeth McGovern) is having a 21th birthday party for her daughter Kay (Charlotte Parry). Her mother is a widow. She has raised six children by herself. Kay wrote one novel and wants to become a novelist. They are putting on a play Kay has written to entertain there guests. Kay siblings Hazel (Anna Camp), Carol (Anna Barshnikov), Madge (Brooke Bloom) and her brother Alan (Gabriel Ebert) are the actors
The family lawyer Gerald Thornton (Alfredo Narciso) brings along Ernest Beevers (Steven Boyer). Hazel is creeped out about Ernest being there. She said she caught him staring at her around town.
Joan Helford (Cara Ricketts) joins the party. She has a crush on their brother Robin (Matthew James Thomas).
Robin is the last person to arrive. He has just been discharged from the Army. The party goes on.
The set goes back and a new room comes down from the ceiling. Eighteen years have passed. It is Kay’s birthday and her siblings are there too. Their mother asked them there for another reason. The furniture is worn out, the room looks dismal. Ernest tells Mrs. Conaway she is broke. He has a solution for her.
Kay is a journalist, Madge is a teacher, Robin is a loser and drunk, Alan is a clerk, Robin has died and Hazel is married to Ernest. This is the short version of what has happened to them in the years we last saw them in.
We learn more about the children which I don’t want to spoil for you.
Act two goes back to 1918 and gives you a better insight on what has happened to influence their future.
The beginning of the first act seems a little to busy but as the play goes on it become an interesting play worth seeing.
Charlotte Parry and Brooke Bloom do an outstanding job.
The cast is delightful, each shines.
Hats off to Rebecca Taichman (director) and Paloma Young (costume design) on a stunning job.
Review by Rozanna Radakovich.
Photos by Annazor.
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