Reviews: Here's What Critics Are Saying About Agnes Borinsky's The Trees | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: Here's What Critics Are Saying About Agnes Borinsky's The Trees

The contemporary parable about two siblings who become rooted in a public park makes its world premiere at Off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons.

Critics' reviews are rolling out for the world premiere of Agnes Borinsky's The Trees, co-produced by Playwrights Horizons and Page 73. The Off-Broadway production opened March 5 at Playwrights Horizons after beginning previews February 12. Performances are slated through March 19.

Broadway alums Jess Barbagallo (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and Crystal Dickinson (Clybourne Park) star as siblings David and Sheila. After, they fall asleep in a public park, they become a literal part of the landscape and accidentally establishing a queer kind of utopian community. Tina Satter (Is This a Room) directs Borinsky's contemporary parable about structure, community, and the risks of staying put.

Read the reviews here.

The Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)*

DC Theater Arts (Deb Miller)

Exeunt NYC (Cameron Kelsall)

New York Stage Review (David Finkle)

New York Theatre Guide (Joe Dziemianowicz)

The New York Times (Elisabeth Vincentelli)*

Observer (David Cote)

Talkin' Broadway (Marc Miller)

Theater Pizzazz (Stuart Miller)

TheaterMania (Christian Lewis)

Vulture (Jackson McHenry)*

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

Jess Barbagallo, Ray Anthony Thomas, Marcia DeBonis, Sean Donovan

Barbagallo and Dickinson are joined in the cast by Max Gordon Moore (Indecent), Ray Anthony Thomas (American Buffalo), Sam Breslin Wright (Macbeth), Marcia DeBonis (Fran’s Bed), Sean Donovan (Oratorio for Living Things), Xander Fenyes (GirlsFiveEva), Pauli Pontrelli (The Visitor), Danusia Trevino (Exegesis), Becky Yamamoto (Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven), and Nile Harris.

The creative team also includes scenic designer Parker Lutz (Is This a Room), costume designer Enver Chakartash (Is This a Room), lighting designer Thomas Dunn (Is This a Room), sound designer Tei Blow (I Understand Everything Better), puppet designer Amanda Villalobos (Is This a Room), production stage manager Randi Rivera (Is This a Room), and assistant stage manager Kayla Owen (Wish You Were Here).

Borinsky (A Song of Songs) makes her Playwrights Horizons debut with The Trees, but has previously written The Marriage of Earth and Sky for Playwrights Horizons' anthological fiction podcast, Soundstage. Playwrights Horizons and Page 73 last collaborated on A Strange Loop.

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See the Cast and Creatives of The Trees During First Rehearsal


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