Letts has forged a fruitful relationship with Second Stage Theater in recent years, with the company staging his plays Man from Nebraska (itself a 2004 Pulitzer Prize finalist) and Mary Page Marlowe at the Tony Kiser Theater in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Linda Vista (Closed November 10, 2019) | Broadway - Buy tickets and see show information. And oh, the pity of it. Last Updated On January 21, 2020 Home Broadway Linda Vista Opens On Broadway At Helen Hayes Theatre! See our list of theatre Tracy Letts is a magician, or better yet a griot, “a repository of oral tradition”. The stories he tells have the feeling of being told before. They seem like stories we have already heard – which does not diminish the telling in any way. Except it turns out Wheeler can get laid. Second Stage Theater in association with Center Theatre Group, Ian Barford (as Wheeler), Sally Murphy (as Margaret), Caroline Neff (as Anita), Chantal Thuy (as Minnie), Jim True-Frost (as Paul), Cora Vander Broek (as Jules), and Troy West (as Michael), 240 West 44th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10036, 42nd Street - Port Authority Bus Terminal Station, theatre But don’t make the mistake of equating vulnerability with harmlessness. “My Struggle” by Karl Ove Knausgaard. Broadway News. Television made them obsolete, and in its opening scenes, “Linda Vista” plays like a … “Oh, absolutely,” she responded. Last night Second Stage Theater kicked off its largest Broadway season to date with the official opening of the first of three productions at The Hayes Theater. Before Letts swam into the mainstream with “August,” he was a master of pitch-dark comedies that measured the grisliest depths of human behavior (“Killer Joe,” “Bug”). His play “The Minutes” (which also previously bowed at Steppenwolf in Chicago) will begin performances this coming spring, under the direction of Anna D. Shapiro. This time, the audience gasps in something like horror. Tracy Letts, the author of “August: Osage County,” reinvents the midlife crisis play with a hilarity that scalds in this Steppenwolf production. Up to that point, I had worried that the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “August: Osage County” was simply reanimating a tired literary formula. Sure, he’s a perpetually randy man, but he gives great lip service to the more reasonable forms of political correctness. Tracy Letts’s “Linda Vista” has announced complete casting for its Broadway run this fall. I asked the woman with whom I saw the play if she thought Wheeler would make a conquest of this last character. Anyway, Wheeler — a word snob who has a gift for stating home truths that nobody else dares utter — soon has the audience in the palm of his 11 ½-sized hand. Now, this relationship continues to grow and expands to Broadway with this New York premiere of Linda Vista. This show has now closed. Sep 06, 2019 A guide to 21 upcoming (or recently opened) productions Back to top. He has also starred in the ground-breaking Broadway premiere of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, as well as a dozen production at Steppenwolf in Chicago. "Linda Vista" is very much a classic Steppenwolf kind of show — funny, edgy, smart — and I don't doubt it will be a hit, and so it deserves to be, but you can, in its best moments, see it as a meditation on that old Steppenwolf brand, colliding uneasily against the new realities and interests of the American theater." Here are the bare bones of its familiar-sounding plot: Wheeler, in the midst of a protracted divorce and estranged from (and seemingly uninterested in) his 13-year-old son, moves into his own place, an apartment complex (as squalidly sterile as such environments can be, in Todd Rosenthal’s set, lighted without mercy by Marcus Doshi). Played with immense, shaggy charm — and anger to match — by Ian Barford in a performance that reminds you of how brilliantly bruising Steppenwolf acting can be, this charismatic loser is named Wheeler. Now cut to a scene early in the second act when Wheeler, on a date in a restaurant, ends a promising relationship with a brusque, simple sentence that lands like a lethal karate chop. Wheeler might argue that he and Paul are just goofing (sort of), that they’re also enlightened 21st-century men who understand that some kinds of behavior regarding the opposite sex are no longer cool. Through the lens of playwright Tracy Letts, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. In the sunny opening scenes of this very funny, equally unsettling Steppenwolf Theater production — which opened on Thursday at the Hayes Theater — you’ll probably feel like cozying up to that sheepish, disheveled big guy who rules the stage with his outspoken wit. SIGN UP for Gold Derby’s free newsletter with latest predictions. Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes. And there’s a hilarious riff on their teenage crush on Ali MacGraw, who, Paul says, confessed to being a sex addict in her memoir. Linda Vista is recommended for ages 16+ for nudity and frank depictions of sex. Letts, for the record, has already explored this much-tilled territory in his Pulitzer-shortlisted “Man From Nebraska,” seen here in 2017 (and, like “Linda Vista,” a Second Stage presentation.) Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change. It went on to have its Los Angeles premiere at Center Theatre Group in the Mark Taper Forum in February 2019 - and now it’s on Broadway. “Linda Vista” premiered at Steppenwolf in Chicago. There are four female characters in “Linda Vista,” and you suspect that he has either bedded, or will bed, every one of them. ABOUT US. She sounded angry. Traditionally, he’s a man we can’t help enjoying no matter how badly he behaves because he wallows so eloquently in his own pain. Wheeler (Ian Barford) is recently separated from his wife and even more recently moved out of her garage where he slept on a cot. And they are blessed with a self-preserving intelligence that always keeps them this side of social caricature. Ian Barford on his challenging role in Tracy Letts' 'Linda Vista' on Broadway Your Broadway Fall Preview! “Linda Vista” stars Ian Barford, Sally Murphy, Caroline Neff, Chantal Thuy, Jim True-Frost, Cora Vander Broek, and Troy West. And though he can be lacerating to others, he’s hardest of all on himself. The multi-faceted Wheeler isn't easily pinned down. And in the production’s first half I worried that Letts might be hoping to fill the vacuum left by the death of Simon, the lucrative master of the breezy comedy of anxiety. Broadway sees possibility for federal aid post-election. 50-year-old Wheeler finds himself newly divorced and in the midst of his own mid-life downward spiral. his Pulitzer-shortlisted “Man From Nebraska,”. How could you not fall for this self-flagellating, frustrated artist, who looks, as one woman puts, it “like a turtle who doesn’t know he’s lost his shell”? That’s a question theatergoers are likely to ask about Wheeler, the central character in Linda Vista, Tracy Letts’ latest play on Broadway. Second Stage Theater presents the Steppenwolf Theatre production of Linda Vista (in association with Center Theatre Group), written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts and directed by Dexter Bullard, as part of its 2019-2020 Broadway season. Never mind that Wheeler is 50. are a diverse lot. tickets, New York Theatre Guide at the Opening Night of Linda Vista on Broadway, Official Broadway production photos released for Second Stage Theater's Linda Vista, Review of Second Stage Theater's Linda Vista on Broadway. Two of them, I should warn you, appear with Barford in stark-naked, tragicomic sex scenes that elicit the awkwardness and loneliness of human erotic congress. (Photo by Craig Schwartz.) The cast of ‘Linda Vista’ on Broadway (Photo: Joan Marcus) From left, Jim True-Frost, Cora Vander Broek, Ian Barford and Sally Murphy in “Linda Vista,” a Steppenwolf Theater production now on Broadway. Their conversation, too, has a sophomoric ring, as they debate the right word for big breasts, like the pair on one of Wheeler’s co-workers. Amid an increasingly (and gratefully) diverse collection of narratives arriving on Broadway, Linda Vista boldly challenges the perception of straight white male privilege. The everyday poison known as toxic masculinity becomes dangerously easy to swallow in “Linda Vista,” Tracy Letts’s inspired, ruthless take on the classic midlife-crisis comedy. My dad had shelves of novels about such men — written by Kingsley Amis, John Updike and Philip Roth. 2019 Edition. He presents himself picturesquely as a born loser and is delighted when a young woman in a bar offers this quick-sketch character portrait: “Let me guess. As it ends, he is making a passive-aggressive pitch to yet another woman, to whom he has acted as a sort of white knight. Official Broadway production photos released for Second Stage Theater's Linda Vista October 9, 2019 Ahead of tomorrow's official opening at The Linda Vista | Broadway Direct ALL BROADWAY SHOWS IN NYC SUSPENDED THROUGH MAY 30, 2021. Share: Wheeler was once a photographer for a Chicago newspaper, but now repairs cameras in a storefront shop. Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts takes a brutally comedic look at Wheeler, a 50-year-old divorcee in the throes of a mid-life spiral. The oldest and first dedicated online New York theater guide, Read news on over 150 Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, Follow us for the latest theater newsTwitter Facebook. Barford, right, and True-Frost play best friends who debate topics like the right word for big breasts. The Helen Hayes Theatre will showcase Linda Vista for a … And each female character, in her own way, has learned how to navigate an environment that has been polluted by misogyny. Linda Vista will play the Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted, Chicago, through May 21, 2017. As a playwright, Tracy Letts took the Broadway scene by storm in 2007 with his widely celebrated and critically acclaimed drama August: Osage County, which went on to scoop the Tony Award for “Best Play” and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2008. “Linda Vista” is one of those boulevard comedies that you don’t see on Broadway anymore. Browse 300+ critical Linda Vista reviews & compare Linda Vista ticket prices. Similar types regularly stalked Broadway and the West End, in plays by dramatists as different as Simon Gray (“Butley,” “Otherwise Engaged”), Alan Ayckbourn (“The Norman Conquests”) and Neil Simon (“Jake’s Women”). (l to r) Cora Vander Broek and Ian Barford in ‘Linda Vista.’ (Photo: Joan Marcus) By Matthew Wexler. In addition to “Linda Vista,” the prolific playwright will have another show produced on Broadway this season. In his loose but astute Linda Vista, Tracy Letts rips the blinders away. Chantal Thuy and Ian Barford in the Steppenwolf Theatre Company production of Tracy Letts’ 'Linda Vista.' Ian Barford, a Steppenwolf Theatre Company member since 2007, made his short-lived Broadway debut in 1994 in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, before finding success with August: Osage County in 2007. In the case of Second Stage Theater 's Broadway premiere of Linda Vista at The Hayes Theater, the telling is a complicated one. It won’t be the last time it does so. After moving of his ex-wife's couch, he finally finds a place of his own and he takes a journey to try rediscover who he really is, or was. That, though, was a lyrical and oblique work that heard the abyss of nonexistence roaring within long silences. New York Theater October 10, 2019 Leave a comment Can an underemployed middle-aged jerk be a babe magnet? Sometimes sad, sometimes like a slow car crash, sometimes hilarious. The play, you see, memorably includes several gut-wrenching occasions when Barford’s Wheeler flips his appealingly grouchy persona to reveal a black hole of ugly, flailing, desperate narcissism.  Full of opinions, yet short on self-examination, Wheeler must reconcile the man he has become with the man he wants to be. Wheeler, it must be said, has plenty of acidic comments to make about such phenomena. And as he keeps racking up the sexual conquests, a part of us is meant to cheer him on. Hoping perhaps to replicate the astonishing success of August: Osage County, Letts has drafted a few familiar faces to fill a number of roles in Linda Vista, including cast members Sally Murphy, Jim True-Frost, Troy West, and, of course, Ian Barford, who takes on the central role of Wheeler in this new dark comedy. You’re a deadbeat, work a dead-end job, married — no wait, divorced — hate your wife and kids, hate everybody, depressed, can’t get laid, your body’s breaking down, the only thing that still runs is your mouth.”. You can sense that kind of self-consciousness at work when he’s talking to women. May not be suitable for people under 18. Tickets Through Nov. 10 at the Hayes Theater, Manhattan; 212-246-4422, 2st.com. tickets for shows currently on sale. All of the aforementioned actors appeared in the Broadway production of August: Osage County and now reunite with the playwright for another Broadway venture. When we first see Wheeler, he’s moving into new digs in San Diego, with the help of his best friend, Paul (Jim True-Frost), schlepping boxes and overstuffed bags with the sloppy casualness of college boys returning to campus. Home; News. Linda Vista takes a brutally comedic look at Wheeler, a 50-year-old divorcee in the throes of a mid-life spiral. Just out of his ex-wife’s garage and into a place of his own, Wheeler starts on a path toward self-discovery — navigating blind dates, old friends, and new love. Full of opinions, yet short on self-examination, Wheeler must reconcile the man he has become with the man he wants to be. Acclaimed Broadway playwright Tracy Letts opened his new play "Linda Vista" at the Helen Hayes Theater this week. “Linda Vista” is as packed with nasty zingers as an HBO sitcom. The women we meet in “Linda Vista” (and though that’s what Wheeler’s neighborhood is called, doesn’t it sound like the ultimate girlfriend?) Such an attitude is atmospheric in “Linda Vista,” and it manifests in an assortment of casual cultural references: to a true crime television show (about a sex slave in a basement); comic book superhero movies; humiliation porn; and that monumental work of navel gazing, “My Struggle” by Karl Ove Knausgaard. Letts’s long-awaited return to Broadway received mostly positive notices. Discover Broadway shows you love at the price that’s right for you. Is this talk too sexist for comfort? The full creative team for “Linda Vista” includes scenic design by Todd Rosenthal, costume design by Laura Bauer, lighting design by Marcus Doshi, sound design by Richard Woodbury, and casting by TELSEY + COMPANY. Read our full 4* review here. Linda Vista's strongest elements spring from Letts' nuanced handling of his characters. And that despite his failing hip and fatuous flippancy during emotional crises, he’ll always find women who want him. Linda Vista includes nudity and frank depictions of sex. 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