Reviews: Critics Weigh In on Off-Broadway's Catch as Catch Can | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: Critics Weigh In on Off-Broadway's Catch as Catch Can

The new play from Mia Chung at Playwrights Horizons stars Cindy Cheung, Jon Norman Schneider, and Rob Yang.

Cindy Chung, Jon Norman Schneider, and Rob Yang in Catch as Catch Can
Cindy Chung, Jon Norman Schneider, and Rob Yang in Catch as Catch Can Joan Marcus

Mia Chung’s Catch as Catch Can opened November 9 at Off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons, and the reviews are in. The run continues through November 20.

Double-cast across gender and generation, each actor in Catch as Catch Can plays a parent and a child. The cast stars Cindy Cheung (Log Cabin, The Great Immensity) as father Lon Lavecchia and daughter Daniela, Jon Norman Schneider (Awake and Sing!, The Oldest Boy) as mother Roberta Lavecchia and son Robbie, and Rob Yang (Succession, American Rust) as mother Theresa Phelan and son Tim.

Set in a blue-collar New England town, the drama follows two families—the Irish-American Phelans and the Italian-American Lavecchias—as the prodigal son returns home for a holiday gathering. Two off-stage characters, who are Korean and Korean-American, impact the families as they face the weight of generational expectations.

Read the reviews here.

The Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)

New York Theatre Guide (Joe Dziemianowicz)

The New York Times (Juan A. Ramírez)

TheaterMania (Hayley Levitt)

TimeOut NY (Adam Feldman)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

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Daniel Aukin directs the production, which features scenic design by Matt Saunders, costume design by Enver Chakartash, lighting design by Marika Kent, and sound design by Bray Poor. Genevieve Ortiz serves as production stage manager, with Zach Brecheen as assistant stage manager and Eva Shannon-Dabek as stage management fellow.

Visit PlaywrightsHorizons.org.

 
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