The Commons of Pensacola Offers a Heartfelt Glimpse into Family Relationships
Theatergoers everywhere are discovering
the charm and pathos of "The Commons of Pensacola." A study of contemporary familial relationships, this compelling drama
explores the difficulty — and ultimately, the necessity — of finding forgiveness and acceptance for each others' faults, idiosyncrasies
and even peccadilloes and misadventures.
New York socialite Judith is facing an upheaval; her Wall Street
broker husband has been indicted for fraud, and she must leave her life of luxury and begin a new life. She moves to a simple
one-bedroom condo in Pensacola, Florida, where she is joined by her visiting daughter Becca and Becca's boyfriend, a fledgling
filmmaker. Even as they mourn the past, each member of the household must make new moves, new decisions and face a new future.
Along the way, they learn a certain measure of commiseration as well as acceptance, so that they manage to not only forgive,
but even to inspire each other.
"The Commons of Pensacola" is continuing an extended
off-Broadway run at the Manhattan Theatre Club. The Tuesday through Saturday schedule includes eight performances a week,
with matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays. If you're interested in purchasing The Commons of Pensacola New York tickets, you'll
want to check online for specific performance dates and ticket availability.
Actress Amanda Peet says
that she was inspired to write "The Commons of Pensacola" after reading about Ruth Madoff, the wife of convicted Wall Street
scammer Bernie Madoff. Thanks to the play's success, Peet was encouraged to try her hand again. As a result, she's already
halfway through writing her second play.
"The Commons of Pensacola" is only 80 minutes long and, unusually for most
shows, is performed without an intermission. The play also marks Sarah Jessica Parker's return to the stage after being away
for more than a decade.
"The Commons of Pensacola" features an ensemble cast led by Blythe Danner in
the role of Judith and Sarah Jessica Parker in the role of Becca.
Acclaimed actress Blythe Danner is no stranger to
the Broadway stage, with a New York theater resume that includes productions of "Butterflies Are Free" (for which she won
a Tony), "A Streetcar Named Desire," "Follies" and "Nice Work If You Can Get It." Actress Sarah Jessica Parker may be more
famous for her role as Carrie on TV's "Sex and the City," but she has also appeared on Broadway in shows as diverse as "How
to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and "Once Upon a Mattress."
"The Commons of
Pensacola" was written by actress Amanda Peet, in her very first venture into playwriting. Amanda Peet is best-known to the
public for her roles in movies such as "Saving Silverman," "Something's Gotta Give" and "The X-Files." She has also appeared
in a number of TV shows, including "Jack & Jill" and "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip."
of Pensacola" is produced and directed by Lynne Meadow, who is best-known to theater audiences as the artistic director of
the Manhattan Theatre Club. Over the years, on behalf of this particular theater, she has accepted 19 Tony Awards, as well
as six Pulitzer Prizes and 31 Drama Desk Awards. She has directed a number of highly-acclaimed productions, including "Wit,"
"Woman in Mind," "A Small Family Business," "Moonlight and Magnolias" and "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife."