Realistic Joneses, With Michael C. Hall, Toni Collette, Marisa Tomei and Tracy Letts, Sets April Broadway Opening
By Adam Hetrick
The Broadway premiere of Will Eno's The Realistic Joneses, starring Michael C. Hall, Toni Collette, Marisa Tomei and Tracy Letts, will open April 6 at a Shubert Theatre to-be-announced.
The Realistic Joneses marks the Broadway playwriting debut of Eno, whose works include Middletown, Title and Deed and the solo show Thom Pain (based on nothing), which was a 2004 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
The play will begin previews mid-March towards an April 6 opening night. It is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Jam Theatricals, Stacey Mindich and Susan Gallin/Mary Lu Roffe.
The Realistic Joneses premiered at the Yale Repertory Theater in 2012. Sam Gold (Fun Home, Seminar), who staged the premiere, will return for the Broadway engagement. Also returning from the original production will be two-time Tony Award winner Letts (August: Osage County, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?).
The original cast also featured Parker Posey, Johanna Day and Glenn Fitzgerald.
The play about two suburban couples who share more than a surname will feature Letts as Bob and Tony and Academy Award nominee Collette (The Wild Party, "The Sixth Sense") as his wife Jennifer, with Hall ("Dexter," "Six Feet Under," Chicago) and Academy Award winner Tomei ("My Cousin Vinnie," "The Wrestler") as John and Pony, respectively.
Here's how the play is billed: "In The Realistic Joneses, we meet Bob and Jennifer and their new neighbors, John and Pony, two suburban couples who have even more in common than their identical homes and their shared last names. As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities. This contemporary comedy explores how our joys and sorrows – and how we choose to face them – can come to define our lives."
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