The Assembled Parties - ePublication
THE STORY: THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES welcomes us to the world of the Bascovs, an Upper West Side Jewish family in 1980. In a sprawling Central Park West apartment, former movie star Julie Bascov and her sister-in-law Faye bring their families together for their traditional holiday dinner. But tonight, things are not usual. A houseguest has joined the festivities for the first time and he unwittingly—or perhaps by design—insinuates himself into the family drama. Twenty years later, as 2001 approaches, the Bascovs' seemingly picture-perfect life may be about to crumble. A stunning play infused with humor, THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES is an incisive portrait of a family grasping for stability at the dawn of a new millennium.
"…smart, sad and so impossibly well-spoken you may feel like giving up on conversation." —NY Times. "Richard Greenberg's touching comedy-drama THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES [speaks] through the interactions of interesting, well-written characters dramatized with wit, insight, and boundless affection." —BackStage. "…the show's freewheeling nature makes it exciting, real, and unpredictable…The beauty of Greenberg's play lies in its richness. The playwright captures the particulars of how a New York family lives and loves through the years." —Entertainment Weekly. "[A] warm-hearted…group portrait of how families regroup, surprise and survive." —NY Daily News. "…excellent…Greenberg's most richly emotional work in years, and the most beautifully detailed." —New York Magazine. "…elegantly moving…somewhere between a slice of life and a slice of mille-feuille. A brisk draft of intelligence blows straight through the script, tempering moments of sentiment with astringency and surprise."—Time Out NY.