The Rattlestick Plawrights Theater world premiere of The Revisionist, Jesse Eisenberg’s new play about an antsy young novelist seeking refuge at a distant relative’s flat in Poland, has extended its Off-Broadway run at the Cherry Lane Theatre.
The production, which co-stars Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave and Oscar nominee Eisenberg, was originally scheduled to run through March 31; performances will now continue through April 21. The drama opened Feb. 28 following previews from Feb. 15.
In addition to Redgrave (Driving Miss Daisy, The Year of Magical Thinking, Long Day’s Journey Into Night) and Eisenberg (“The Social Network”), the cast features Daniel Oreskes (The Twenty-Seventh Man, Russian Transport) as a Polish taxi driver in the life of the secret-keeping Maria (played by Redgrave). Maria is the second cousin of Eisenberg’s American character.
Kip Fagan directs. Last season Eisenberg starred in his play Asuncion for the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, also at Cherry Lane.
According to the Rattlestick, “In The Revisionist David (Eisenberg) arrives in Poland with a crippling case of writer’s block and a desire to be left alone. His 75-year-old second cousin Maria (Redgrave) welcomes him with a fervent need to connect with her distant American family. As their tenuous relationship develops, she reveals details about her complicated post-war past that tests their ideas of what it means to be a family.”
The Revisionist has scenic design by John McDermott, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Matt Frey, sound design by Bart Fasbender and property design by Andrew Diaz.
For tickets phone (866) 811-4111 or visit rattlestick.org or therevisionistplay.com. The Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 80 Commerce Street.
The Social Network star appears opposite acting veteran Vanessa Redgrave in The Revisionist, which premiered at the Off-Broadway Cherry Lane Theatre on Thursday night (28Feb13), nearly 18 months his first production, Asuncion, debuted at the same venue.
Asuncion previously won acclaim from theatre critics, and now Eisenberg has another hit on his hands.
Ben Brantley of the New York Times was full of praise for Redgrave, insisting she “reminds us why she’s considered the greatest actress of her generation,” adding, “I would like to extend hearty thanks to Mr. Eisenberg… for giving her the space and material to create her finest, fullest stage performance since she won a Tony for Long Day’s Journey Into Night a decade ago.”
David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter concludes The Revisionist is “a tighter, more dramatically robust piece” than Asuncion and adds of Redgrave, “Her movements have a natural grace and strength that makes her mesmerising to watch up close… Stage acting doesn’t get much better.”
Elysa Gardner, of USA Today, writes, “Eisenberg… has a wry ear and a knack for unsentimental poignance that keep Revisionist emotionally compelling… He also holds his own on stage opposite Redgrave, who at 76 remains an unflinchingly sharp, vivid presence.”
Joe Dziemianowicz of the New York Daily News wasn’t as impressed, branding the production a “nonstarter of a drama”, but conceded “the chance to see Redgrave, who’s terrific, up close and personal makes it almost worth your time.”
(L-R) Daniel Oreskes, Vanessa Redgrave, Jesse Eisenberg and director Kip Fagan attend “The Revisionist” opening night at Cherry Lane Theatre on February 28, 2013 in New York City.
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By Joseph Marzullo
21 Feb 2013
Academy and Tony Award-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave and Academy Award nominee Jesse Eisenberg co-star in the Rattlestick Plawrights Theater world premiere of The Revisionist, Eisenberg’s new play that began Off-Broadway previews Feb. 15 at the Cherry Lane Theatre.
Here’s a look at the production.
This is a new article and interview with Jesse about ‘The Revisionist’:
Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Kruger [pictured] and Emile Hirsch are set to star in 1940s atomic bomb drama Midnight Sun, which London-based sales outfit WestEnd Film has snapped up pre-EFM. The Film Sales Company handles US.
Actor-director Chris Eigeman (Turn the River) has written the script and will direct with Captivate Entertainment’s Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner (The Bourne Legacy) producing with Eric Morris.
Set in 1943, the drama follows two young post graduates recruited by the US Government to work on a top-secret project in New Mexico. Along with one of the students’ new wife, they drop their jazz-filled lives in New York and move to a secret community of scientists in the desert.
Andrew Herwitz and Julianne Hausler executive produce, while Richard Rhodes, winner of the Pulitzer prize for book The Making of the Atomic Bomb, is an advisor on the project.
Principal photography is scheduled to get underway in summer 2013.
Conservative actress Dakota Fanning was forced to sit and watch her Night Moves co-stars Peter Sarsgaard and Jesse Eisenberg get naked during a skinny-dipping trip in Oregon – because she refused to join in the naked fun.
The trio were in Oregon shooting the drama last year (12) when Sarsgaard suggested they check out one of the state’s famous hot springs nearby.
The stars didn’t pack their bathing suits, so the Green Lantern star and Eisenberg jumped in naked – however, bashful Fanning admits she was too embarrassed to do anything but watch.
She tells Glamour magazine, “I don’t do enough adventurous things, because I’m like, ‘I might get hurt.’ But when we were doing Night Moves, Peter, Jesse, and I went to these hot springs in Oregon, and I didn’t have a bathing suit. The woman who worked there said, ‘Oh, not a problem. Clothing’s optional after 8pm.’ And I was like, ‘Whoa. No, no, no! Not doing that. Here. With any of you!’
“So we went in there, and everyone was so comfortable being naked. They were so free. I just sat there and begged to go back to the hotel… It was really fun. I just wanted to have a bathing suit on.”
And the beauty admits she sometimes wishes she was more adventurous like her younger sister, actress Elle Fanning: “By nature I’m kind of a reserved person. Something I admire about my sister is that she’s very free and just lives life like no one is watching her.”
Have questions about the play? Want to know how Jesse came up with the concept? Want to find out how the actors dug deep to find their characters? Come to a talkback after the show! We have four talkbacks scheduled, each with a unique theme and facilitator which will be announced soon
•Thursday, February 21
•Thursday, March 7
•Thursday, March 21
•Thursday, March 28
Hope to see you there! For questions, please contact our marketing director at msawyer@Rattlestick.org