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The Gift

       

The Gift

January 29 - March 10, 2013
Gil Cates Theater

       

"GO!" - LA Weekly
"Buy yourself tickets to Joanna Murray-Smith's wonderfully intriguing new play ...
A real knockout!" Kathy Baker and Chris Mulkey are "pitch-perfect!" - Variety
James Van Der Beek and Jaime Ray Newman are "captivating!" - Los Angeles Times
"Murray-Smith has Oscar Wilde's gift for one-liners." - Daily Mail
"Unnerving and vital enough to have you arguing about it all the way home." - The Age

Acclaimed Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith brings this comedic American premiere to the Geffen Playhouse. When two couples meet while vacationing at a ritzy resort, they instantly transition from strangers to the best of friends. Despite their almost comical differences — Ed and Sadie are middle-aged, rich and traditional, while Martin and Chloe are young artists glowing with their potential to change the world — they find themselves spending the rest of their week together. When one seemingly inconsequential event throws both their lives into a tailspin, the couples find themselves wrestling with a moral dilemma: while it’s human nature to want what you don’t have, is it unnatural to abandon something that you do? This provocative new work draws audiences in with a beguiling hilarity that gives way to an unsettling twist, posing searing questions rather than providing comfortable answers.      

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"Buy yourself tickets to Joanna Murray-Smith's wonderfully intriguing new play ...
A real knockout!" Kathy Baker and Chris Mulkey are "pitch-perfect!" - Variety
James Van Der Beek and Jaime Ray Newman are "captivating!" - Los Angeles Times
"Murray-Smith has Oscar Wilde's gift for one-liners." - Daily Mail
"Unnerving and vital enough to have you arguing about it all the way home." - The Age

Acclaimed Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith brings this comedic American premiere to the Geffen Playhouse. When two couples meet while vacationing at a ritzy resort, they instantly transition from strangers to the best of friends. Despite their almost comical differences — Ed and Sadie are middle-aged, rich and traditional, while Martin and Chloe are young artists glowing with their potential to change the world — they find themselves spending the rest of their week together. When one seemingly inconsequential event throws both their lives into a tailspin, the couples find themselves wrestling with a moral dilemma: while it’s human nature to want what you don’t have, is it unnatural to abandon something that you do? This provocative new work draws audiences in with a beguiling hilarity that gives way to an unsettling twist, posing searing questions rather than providing comfortable answers.      

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Performance Info

This show contains mature themes and strong language. The running time is 90 minutes with no intermission and a strobe effect may be used.