Happy Talk by Jesse Eisenberg plays tricks with our perception - and it takes a long, long time to get where it is going. A really long time. This is the story of the Sad Family. The Sad Family lives a Sad Life in a Sad Suburb. Lorraine (Susan Sarandon) is the matriarch of this collection. One could say she is the center, but in reality she is simply the noisiest. One-Two-Three-Eyes-On-MEEEE... Read more
The New Group concludes its 2018-2019 off-Broadway season with the world premiere of Jesse Eisenberg's Happy Talk, directed by Scott Elliott and starring Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon and Tony Award nominee Marin Ireland.
Performances take place at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre within the Pershing Square Signature Center.
(Photos by Monique Carboni)
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Lorraine is a saint of the suburbs. On top of trying to save her dying mother, miserable husband and estranged daughter, she’s starring as Bloody Mary in the Jewish Community Center production of South Pacific. When her mother’s home aide, Serbian immigrant Ljuba, asks for help finding a husband, Lorraine takes on her most challenging role to date: matchmaker. In Jesse Eisenberg’s hysterical and devastating play, Happy Talk, he reveals the absurd lengths people go to save themselves in the name of saving others.