The eminent Ms. Eikenberry and myself are knee-deep in rehearsals for a play at the Berkshire Theater Festival in Stockbridge, MA. We’re doing a terrific new play by David Epstein called Brace Yourself and it’s directed by James Naughton.
Here’s how it’s billed- “Everyone is preparing for the hurricane to arrive, but at Sunny’s house the storm has already hit. With a huge wedding to plan, an unhappy bride to appease, a promiscuous son to keep track of and a dead aunt to dispose of, it’s no wonder Sunny is a bit tense. However, it’s only once the hurricane finally hits that Sunny learns that it’s ok to let go, in more ways than one. Hilarities abound in this outrageous world premiere directed by two-time Tony Award winner, James Naughton.”
It’s sure to be a good time, -and of course we’re there- so if you have an inkling to escape the city that doubles as the suface of the sun this summer come see us in this short-run.
by David Epstein
directed by James Naughton
Previews August 14–August 17;
Opens August 18 at 8pm; Runs through August 25
Opening Night includes post performance reception with the cast
Tickets • Previews: $37 All other performances: A: $57 B: $47 C: $37
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Rave reviews from the New York Times for ‘Young Adult’;
‘Young Adult’ is awarded NYT Critics Pick!
New York Times
Shorter than a bad blind date and as sour as a vinegar Popsicle, “Young Adult” shrouds its brilliant, brave and breathtakingly cynical heart in the superficial blandness of commercial comedy. More radically than “J. Edgar” or even “Greenberg,” this movie, written byDiablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman, challenges the dreary conventional wisdom that a movie protagonist must be likable. Along the way, it systematically demolishes a china shop full of shopworn sentimental touchstones about — for starters — high school, small-town life, heterosexuality, Minnesota and the capacity of human beings to change, learn and grow.
Jill’s latest film stars Acadamy Award winner Charlize Theron and is coming to the big screen December 9th!
It’s not often that “the girl you hated in high school” is the heroine of a film. But that’s what Charlize Theron plays in Young Adult, a dark comedy that follows Mavis, a writer who returns to her hometown in an attempt to win back her married high school boyfriend (who just happens to also has a baby on the way). Shopping for a sexy get-up to attract her ex, played by Patrick Wilson, Mavis tells a store employee why she needs to impress: “He’s seen me recently … But his wife hasn’t seen me in awhile.”
If there’s anyone who could turn such a woman into an endearing character, it’s Juno dream team Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody, who are reuniting for this Dec. 9 flick. Watch the trailer after the jump — and then jump for joy seeing that Patton Oswalt’s involved too.
Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry, round out a brilliant cast in Enter Laughing, The Musical
*A review by Aileen Jacobson of the New York Times*
In a play loaded with clever words, the funniest scene is one about not being able to get any out. That’s largely because Josh Grisetti, the appealing young star of “Enter Laughing, the Musical,” mimes stage fright so expertly that his struggle becomes as comical as a well-crafted line….Ms. Eikenberry is wonderfully droll in her two big songs, “My Son, the Druggist” and “Your Mother’s Heart”, and Mr. Tucker gets his star musical turn in “Hot Cha Cha,” a duet with Ray DeMattis as David’s employer at a machine repair shop. A lively trio led by the pianist-music director Phil Reno provides all the accompaniment that is needed.
Emile Norman – By His Own Design. A documentary written and directed by Will Parrinello, produced by Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry.
*A review by David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle*
Will Parrinello calls his film “Emile Norman: By His Own Design,” but had Noel Coward not gotten there first, he could have well chosen “Design for Living” for the title of the documentary. Read More
We’ll be doing summer stock for the first time since we were in our teens, I think – “Enter Laughing – The Musical” at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. We open on August 9th and run to Labor Day.
It’s a fun show. We first did it at the York Theater a couple of years ago and I don’t think either of us had ever been in a more successful show. It was the hottest ticket in town. People came back to see it — two, even three times. So, catch us out in the Hamptons, dancing and singing. Between then and now, we’ll be in Italy, tending to some
important eating and drinking. It’s a job, a responsibility that somebody has to do.
We’ll post the latest happenings right here – as they happen.
If they happen.
Photo Credit: Kristine Walsh
Jill was nominated for a Drama Desk Award this spring for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in “The Kid” at The New Group in the spring of 2010.
She was delighted to be nominated in a category that included Laura Benanti, Victoria Clark and Patti Lupone. “The Kid” was written by Michael Zam, with music by Andy Monroe and lyrics by Jack Lechner. It was based on the book by Dan Savage (played by Christopher Sieber) about how he and his partner Terry (played by Lucas Steele) adopted a kid. Jill played Dan’s mom.