Hold on to Me Darling
by KENNETH LONERGAN
directed by NEIL PEPE
Linda Gross Theater
February 24 – April 17, 2016
Following last season’s hit revival of This is Our Youth on Broadway, this world premiere by Pulitzer Prize finalist Lonergan is directed by Atlantic Artistic Director Neil Pepe (Broadway’s Speed-The-Plow).
On learning of his mother’s death, world famous country and western star Strings McCrane begins questioning the meaning of his life and what it all adds up to. Determined to abandon his celebrity and his career, he moves back to his hometown in Tennessee. It doesn’t go well. This outstanding new play from acclaimed playwright Kenneth Lonergan examines the costs of fame, fortune and narcissism in pursuit of the American Dream.
Cast & Creative
“A writer with one of the best ears around for the language of the morally challenged. what makes these observations so fresh is how Mr. Lonergan’s dialogue and the marvelous cast endows them with spontaneous life! ‘Darling’ is a poignant comic study given vibrant life by director Neil Pepe.”
The New York Times
“Splendid, rollicking, and thoughtful! With Kenneth Lonergan in full focus, this is far from your typical theatergoing fare!”
the new york observer
“Lonergan’s absolutely uproarious script with a pitch-perfect cast!”
“The Lonergan we’ve always loved! Poet laureate of verbose losers, his dialogue is sharp and funny. Neil Pepe’s perfectly balanced production gets rich, firmly grounded work from the ensemble!”
Time Out New York
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