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The Verdict Reviews: What Do Critics Think of The Animal Kingdom Off-Broadway?

David Cromer stars in the U.S. premiere of the Ruby Thomas play at Connelly Theater Upstairs.

David Cromer Angela Pettigrew

The Animal Kingdom, a new play from British playwright Ruby Thomas, is currently making its U.S. premiere at the Connelly Theater Upstairs, where it opened January 30. Reviews are in for the 16-performance limited engagement, which continues through February 10, playing for just 50 people each night.

David Cromer (Uncle Vanya, The Waverly Gallery) stars alongside Tasha Lawrence (A Doll's House), Lily McInerny (Camp Siegfried), Uly Schlesinger (This Beautiful Future), and Calvin Leon Smith (Fat Ham).

The work follows a struggling family that finds themselves trapped in an inpatient clinic for family therapy, forced to find new ways to communicate. The play made its world premiere in 2022 at London's Hampstead Theatre. The production marks Thomas' American debut.

Read the reviews below.

Observer (David Cote)

The New York Times (Rhoda Feng)*

TheaterMania (Pete Hampstead)

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

Jack Serio is at the helm, reuniting with Cromer after their 2023 collaboration on Uncle Vanya, which was also staged in small spaces with extremely limited audience numbers. Serio's creative team includes scenic designer Wilson Chin, costume designer Ricky Reynoso, lighting designer Stacey Derosier, and sound designer Christopher Darbassie. Frederick Krepps is production stage manager, and Christian Rene Palomares is general manager.


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