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Open House, The  - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Open House, The

Will Eno

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

3m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573703096

People have been born into families since people started getting born at all. Playwrights have been trying to write Family Plays for a long time, too. People have been trying nobly for years and years to have plays solve in two hours what hasn't been solved in many lifetimes. This has to stop.

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Minimum Fee: $100 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play - The family room.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

WINNER! 2014 Lucille Lortel Award - Outstanding Play
WINNER! 2014 Obie Award - Playwrighting (Will Eno) & Direction (Oliver Butler) 
WINNER! 2014 Drama Desk Special Award
People have been born into families since people started getting born at all. Playwrights have been trying to write Family Plays for a long time, too. And typically these plays try to answer endlessly complicated questions of blood and duty and inheritance and responsibility. They try to answer the question, "Can things really change?" People have been trying nobly for years and years to have plays solve in two hours what hasn't been solved in many lifetimes. This has to stop.


REVIEWS

"Mr. Eno...has established himself as one of the most vital, distinctive voices in the American theater over the past decade. Once encountered, his style is not likely to be forgotten: Wryly humorous and deeply engaged in the odd kinks and quirks of language and its fuzzy relationship to meaning, his plays are also infused with a haunted awareness of, and a sorrowful compassion for, the fundamental solitude of existence." - The New York Times, Read More

"FOUR STARS! Will Eno's play about family dysfunction has plenty of wit and insight." - New York Daily News, Read More

"The Open House is a play you feel as much as intellectualize. And the feeling is rather haunting." - NorthJersey.com, Read More

"
[Will Eno's] work combines studied banality, sneaky weirdness and formal ingenuity. His deadpan allegory The Open House surveys the petty animosities and deadening routines of a suburban everyclan" - Time Out New York, Read More


Check out these photos from Signature Theatre's production of The Open House in February 2014.


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The Open House premiered in New York City at the Signature Theatre in February of 2014, under the direction of Oliver Butler. 

Characters

CASTING

3m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting

FATHER
MOTHER
DAUGHTER
SON
UNCLE
Videos
  • Will Eno on The Open House

  • THE OPEN HOUSE by Will Eno

  • Oliver Butler on THE OPEN HOUSE

Author
Will Eno

Will Eno

Will Eno recently made his Broadway debut with his critically acclaimed new play, The Realistic Joneses.  Eno received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theatre Award. His plays The Open House and Title and Deed premiered at the Pershing Square Signature Center in 2014 and 2012 respectively. The Realistic Joneses also premiered in the spring of 2012, at the Yale Repertory Theater. ... view full profile

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Reviews
James Getaz 1/24/2015 1:41 PM
Thee are two sets of characters in this play, played by the same actors. They go off, and return as the other, interacting with the remaining ones. Finally all five switch. I guess this tactic is supposed to be cute or meaningful somehow, but I missed it. Why not just two acts? I guess the father in the first part has always hated his family, but it seemed unnecessary for him to say something mean every time he opened his mouth. Without him, the mother and grown son and daughter would seem normal, with him everything seems miserable. Why would anyone want to pay money to be miserable from this?
Jeffrey Greene 1/21/2015 4:48 AM
Will Eno masterfully blends one typically dysfunctional family into another before our eyes. If you don't look carefully, names and faces smoothly change but the personal core remains.
This play is humorous and insightful.

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