Richard Nelson Rodney's Wife

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“A full emotional geography of a family . . . Seemingly light conversation scrapes the skins of the characters in this sharply etched study of dislocation, loneliness and sexual betrayal.”—Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“Nelson is a master of the quiet detail, of the oblique rhythm that transforms emotional diffidence into fascinating character.”—Linda Winer, Newsday

“The early scenes proceed with the closely observed simplicity of Chekhov, whereas the later more wrenching moments evoke the eloquent bitterness of Albee.”—David Cote, TimeOut New York

A new work by leading American playwright Richard Nelson, who for more than 25 years has written prolifically, and with fine detail, on the perplexities of everyday living. In Rodney’s Wife, a fading American actor in Rome for the filming of a 1960s spaghetti Western gathers with family and friends at a rented villa. Over the course of one booze-soaked summer night, jealousies and secrets are revealed that crumble the foundations of their relationships. Inspired by Euripides, the play is a tragedy of exiles who continue to need each other, even as they push away.

Richard Nelson won Britain’s Olivier Award for Best Play for Goodnight Children Everywhere, and the Tony Award for Best Book for his musical James Joyce’s The Dead. His plays have been widely produced in the U.S. and Great Britain. He is an Honorary Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Chair of the Playwriting Department at the Yale School of Drama.

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Richard Nelson won Britain's Olivier Award for Best Play for Goodnight Children Everywhere, and the Tony Award for Best Book for his musical James Joyce's The Dead. His plays have been widely produced in the U.S. and Great Britain. He is an Honorary Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Chair of the Playwriting Department at the Yale School of Drama.

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Irritation has never been given its full due as a dramatic emotion. You don t see a mask of irascibility scowling between the masks of comedy and tragedy. But with the right play... sustained prickliness can be more affecting than a confrontational scram-off as you wait anxiously for friction to turn into fire. Eugene O Neill's LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT is probably the ultimate example of this phenomenon. But more immediate proof of the same powerful law of theater is available at Richard Nelson s RODNEY'S WIFE.... Seeming light conversation scrapes the skins of the characters in this sharply etched study of dislocation, loneliness ad sexual betrayal.... And you are always aware of the strain and the snappishness that arise when people politely avoid saying what is on everyone s mind. Long before the unspoken is brought out for airing, Mr Nelson... [has] created a full emotional geography of a family, with deserts and bogs and patches of quicksand. Over the last decade Mr Nelson, who has always had more a following in London than in New York, has laid claim to being American drama's foremost living portrayer of what movie advertisements used to refer grandly to as `illicit passion'. Mr Nelson, however, follows paths of erotic misadventure never mapped in Peyton Place. He as at least flirted with several forms of incest and what would legally quality as pedophilia in MADAME MELVILLE, FRANNY'S WAY and the fearless GOODNIGHT CHILDREN EVERYWHERE, which won him the Olivier Award in London for best play. RODNEY'S WIFE manages to come up with yet another variation on the sexually taboo.... Yet like Mr Nelson's earlier works, RODNEY'S WIFE is never tainted by prurience, on the one hand, or puritantical head-shaking, on the other. What Mr Nelson offers instead is a deep and sorrowful understanding of how much loneliness there often is in lust. At the same time he has created what may be the most incisive, unsensationalized portrait of a Hollywood wife ever to grace a stage. --Ben Brantley, The New York Times

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