The comedic works of three celebrity writers have found a home on Broadway under one roof and one title. “Relatively Speaking,” a new three-in-one play helmed by John Turturro, opened October 20 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

One-act plays by Ethan Coen (“Talking Cure”), Elaine May (“George is Dead”) and Woody Allen (“Honeymoon Hotel”) not only share a stage, but also an over-arching theme of family. However, the playwrights approach the topic from varying angles — including insanity, death, and marriage.

While star-turns are nothing unusual on the Great White Way, here it’s the playwrights (and director) who provide the real A-list punch to the production. But that’s not to say there are no recognizable names on stage: Julie Kavner, Steve Guttenberg and Danny Hoch are all part of the larger ensemble cast.

Previews began September 20 at the 1,058-seat Atkinson. Audiences have filled the house to an average 94 percent capacity thus far, while ticket sales for the past four weeks have totaled $2,706,200. Regular ticket prices range from $65 to $120, while premium seats are set at $175 and $200, not including $2 facility fees.

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“Relatively Speaking” runs just over two hours, which includes a break after the first play and a 15-minute intermission after the second. Evening performances are staged Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., while matinees run Wednesday and Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m.

Brooks Atkinson Theatre is located at 256 West 47th Street in New York, NY. Additional production details are available on the “Relatively Speaking” official Web site.

Opening Night: “Relatively Speaking”

Publication Critic Review
Variety Marilyn Stasio “If…’Relatively Speaking’ had been written by playwrights named Joe Smith, Jane Doe and Sid Jones, they’d probably still be making their way through the workshop pipeline…”
New York Times Charles Isherwood “…a reasonably savory tasting platter of comedies…”
TheaterMania Andy Propst “…winsome, if not always winning…”
Hollywood Reporter David Rooney “This comedy ménage à trois is not without laughs, but overall, it’s thin and tired.”
The Wall Street Journal Terry Teachout “A bunch of talented people got conned into roasting this three-legged turkey.”
New York Daily News Joe Dziemianowicz “If laughter is the best medicine, the all-star authors responsible for ‘Relatively Speaking’…might be sued for malpractice.”

Last Updated on October 22, 2011

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