Put It On Your Schedule
If you have been missing Sex in the City, it is about time you get your fix at the Manhattan
Theatre Club in New York. Right now, Sarah Jessica Parker, known for her starring role as Carrie Bradshaw in the television
series, Sex in the City, and winner of two Emmy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards, is co-starring in The Commons of Pensacola.
Of course, if isn't enough to have Sarah Jessica Parker in the Commons, Parker shares the stage with Blythe Danner, winner
of two Emmy Awards and a Tony Award. What is more is the show is also the playwriting-debut of Amanda Peet. The Columbia graduate
turn actress showcases her versatility by writing such a perceptive and witty play about family. From the complexity of its
characters played by Sarah Jessica Parker and Blythe Danner to the nuanced writing and performances, The Commons of Pensacola
is certainly a play that adult audiences will not want to miss.
The Plot of the Commons of Pensacola
overarching question that is explored throughout this smartly written and captivatingly performed play is how past and present
situations inform the future of familial relationships. Sarah Jessica Parker portrays Becca, the daughter of Judith, played
by Blythe Danner. After Judith's husband makes headline news for his scams on Wall Street, she loses her coveted New York
apartment and remaining assets. Judith, having been stripped of her affluent life in the city, moves to Pensacola, Florida.
The nuanced story starts to come to life when Becca and her boyfriend, a filmmaker, come to visit Judith in Florida. Judith
has travelled a long way from New York to live in a one-bedroom condo. Inside the limited space of the one-bedroom condo,
the families past experiences and present encounters make everyone question the motives of one another as they head into the
The Not So Commonly Known Commons Trivia
Did you know that Sarah Jessica Parker and Blythe Danner
have been on stage together before? In 1995, they appeared in the Manhattan Theatre Club's production of Slyvia that was written
by A.R. Gurney. The on-stage connection of Parker and Danner makes the experiences of the mother and daughter characters that
much more touching.
An interesting fact about Sarah Jessica Parker's real life mother, who was English and German descent,
is that she comes from the lineage of a woman by the name of Esther Elwell who was accused of being a witch during the Salem
witch trials. Perhaps that explains why it is so bewitching to see her perform on stage, the television or computer screen
and, of course, the silver screen. We certainly have not forgotten her role in Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. Two girls who have
been spotted together having fun are Sarah Jessica Parker and Gwyneth Paltrow. The two are both working with AOL to tap into
original programming. While Parker will produce a docudrama about ballet, Paltrow is teaming up with Tracy Anderson to interview
women who have shown perseverance by overcoming hardship for a series produced by Ryan Seacrest. What else do Sarah Jessica
Parker and Gwyneth Paltrow have in common? Blythe Danner is their mother. That is correct, while Danner plays Parker's mom
on stage at the Manhattan Theatre Club and is actually the real life mother of the Paltrow. To add another interesting bit
of trivia, Danner and Paltrow starred in the film, Slyvia, in which Paltrow played Sylvia Plath. The staring cast of The Commons
of Pensacola certainly have a lot in common with one another.
In addition to being a mother and actress, Danner is a
staunch activist for both the environment and health care. In fact, she has been active in recycling and conservation for
over 30 years. In 2011, she fittingly joined Moms Clean Air Force, a group that serves as a catalyst for parents to stand
up against the toxins in air pollution. After losing her husband, Paltrow's father, to oral cancer, she felt it was her duty
to help educate the public about early detection. There is now The Bruce Paltrow Oral Cancer Fund, put forward by the Oral
Casting the Commons
As mentioned, the cast consists of Blythe Danner as Judith and
Sarah Jessica Parker. If you did not catch Zoe Levin in the film The Way Way Back, you will be impressed by her stage performance
as Lizzy. What is more is that Gia Coppola's Palo Alto, in which Levin was opposite of James Franco and Emma Roberts, will
debut at the Venice Film Festival. After spending close to five years in New Mexico, playing on the show In Plain Sight, Ali
Marsh is delighted to be back on the New York stage playing Ali. Receiving rave reviews like her costars for playing Lorena,
Nilaja Sun is well known for her Orbie Award-winning role in No Child. Lastly, Michael Stahl-David, who plays Gabe, is another
multi-talented member of the cast. Stahl-David has was in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon in
addition to many other roles on stage and on television.
The Creative Cast at the Manhattan Theatre Club
creative cast of The Commons of Pensacola starts with Amanda Peet, as a debuting playwright. While she may have played, according
to the character Igby in Igby Goes Down, "a dancer who doesn't dance and [was accompanied by] her friend [who] is a painter
who doesn't paint," Peet is definitely a playwright that can write. Her playwriting capabilities are well exemplified by The
Commons of Pensacola. And with any production, the show cannot go on unless there is a strong creative team to make the magic
happen. The Director, Lynne Meadow, has been an Artist Director for just a few decades and has been the recipient of numerous
accolades on behalf of the Manhattan Theatre Club. Between the elite cast and solid creative team, New York audiences will
be impressed by what they see at a showing of The Commons of Pensacola at the Manhattan Theatre Club. There is a high likelihood
that you will find something that you have in common with the Commons.