Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Swing State Off-Broadway? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Do Critics Think of Swing State Off-Broadway?

The now extended production featuring the original Chicago cast is now playing Audible's Minetta Lane Theatre.

Mary Beth Fisher and Bubba Weiler in Swing State Liz Lauren

The reviews are rolling in for the New York premiere of Pulitzer prize finalist Rebecca Gilman's play Swing StateThe Off-Broadway bow at Audible's Minetta Lane Theatre follows the work's world premiere at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. The seven-week limited engagement officially opened September 17 after beginning performances September 8.

The production revealed a one-week extension September 18, with performances now set to continue through October 28.

The production is directed by Tony winner Robert Falls and feature the original Chicago cast, including Mary Beth Fisher as Peg, Kirsten Fitzgerald as Sheriff Kris, Anne E. Thompson as Dani, and Bubba Weiler as Ryan. Understudies for the production will include Laura T. Fisher, Jessica Ervin, and Jack Lancaster.

Swing State is a contemporary portrait of America's heartland, exploring how individuals react when they feel like their way of life is in danger of disappearing. As a part of Audible's performance program, the production will be recorded and released on Audible at a later date.

Read the reviews here:

Cititour NY (Brian Lipton)

DC Theater Arts (Deb Miller)

The New York Times (Jesse Green)*

New York Theatre Guide (Allison Considine)

New York Stage Review (Frank Scheck)

Observer (David Cote)

TheaterMania (Zachary Stewart)

Theatrely (Juan A. Ramirez)

Vulture (Jackson McHenry)*

The Wall Street Journal (Charles Isherwood)*

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

The creative team for Swing State includes scenic designer Todd Rosenthal, costume designer Evelyn M. Danner, lighting designer Eric Southern, original music composer and sound designer Richard Woodbury, fight and intimacy director Nick Sandys, properties director Alice Maguire, production stage manager Patrick Fries, and casting agents Lauren Port and Rachael Jimenez. Technical supervision is by Hudson Theatrical Associates’ Sean Gorski, with general management by Baseline Theatrical’s Jonathan Whitton.

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