SCOTT ORGAN‘s unsettling comedy about a one-night stand starring JULIA STILES (Oleanna, Silver Linings Playbook, The Bourne Trilogy, Omen) and JAMES WIRT (Let’s Kill Grandma This Christmas, Adams Apple, Closer, Hamlet, Troilus and Cressida) has the rapid fire dialogue of a Mamet. When the couple, Bruce and Sue, reunite a month after a one-night stand, Sue tells Bruce, “I had a great time with you that night and two, let’s never see each other again.” Bruce is desperate to return with her to Phoenix for an event I can’t now name, while Sue is just as desperate to keep him away.
Since I had great seats, I was glad that the sex scenes took place in the dark, and so cleverly done, the dance-like movements and the surrounding glow. Excellent lighting design by RICK CARMONA.
A film adaptation of PHOENIX, directed by Amy Redford is currently in production. So you can say you saw it first here. Director of the play, JENNIFER DELIA’s film, Billy Bates, is due out in theaters this fall. Scenic designer is CAITE HEVNER KEMP; costumes by AMIT GAJWANI; sound design by JANIE BULLARD; scenic art by BURTON MACHEN.
LIMITED ENGAGEMENT AT THE CHERRY LANE THEATRE 38 Commerce St.
MONDAY, JULY 28 THROUGH SATURDAY, AUGUST 23
For tickets, visit the Cherry Lane box office at 38 Commerce Street, or order through OvationTix (212-352-3101 or www.phoenixtheplay.com. Ticket prices range from $55-$65. There will be a limited number of $25 general rush tickets available at the Cherry Lane box office on the day of performances (subject to availability). Special student pricing available through OvationTix using code PSTUD20. PHOENIX plays Monday through Saturday at 8pm, with matinees Saturday at 3pm.