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The Verdict Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Keen Company's Site-Specific Year of Magical Thinking Starring Kathleen Chalfant?

In living rooms across NYC, the Tony nominee takes on Joan Didion's memoir about grief.

Kathleen Chalfant in The Year of Magical Thinking
Kathleen Chalfant in The Year of Magical Thinking Richard Termine

Critics are sharing their reviews of Keen Company's Off-Broadway site-specific revival of Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking. Starring Tony nominee Kathleen Chalfant, the Off-Broadway show began previews October 19 and opened November 2. The run, which is staged in multiple non-traditional venues across New York City such as living rooms and libraries, will continue through November 20. 

Adapted from Didion's memoir, the solo show delves into the author's explorations of grief, how we do and do not process loss, and the resilience of the human heart. Artistic Director Jonathan Silverstein helms the production.

Read the reviews here.

New York Stage Review (Sandy MacDonald)

New York Sun (Elysa Gardner)

New York Times (Laura Collins-Hughes)

Theatermania (Pete Hempstead)

Theatrely (Amanda Marie Miller)

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

"I’ve been wanting to speak these words ever since I first heard she was adapting her memoir for the stage," said Chalfant in a statement. "I’ve always felt a deep connection to Didion’s work, especially the rhythm of it, maybe because we’re both native Californians and there’s a particular California way of thinking, a particular California rhythm that she captures."

The production features costume design by Jennifer Paar and lighting design by Anshuman Bhatia, with the creative team also including line producer Corinne Woods and stage manager Arthur Atkinson.

For location details and tickets, visit KeenCompany.org.

 
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