estranged member of the Lafayette clan has descended upon the crumbling
Arkansas homestead to settle the accounts of the newly-dead patriarch.
As his three adult children sort through a lifetime of hoarded mementos
and junk, they collide over clutter, debt, and a contentious family
history. But after a disturbing discovery surfaces among their father's
possessions, the reunion takes a turn for the explosive, unleashing a
series of crackling surprises and confrontations.
of the 2014–2015 Obie Award for Best New American Play. "…very fine,
subversively original…[Jacobs-Jenkins] honors the time-tested recipes of
those who have gone before him, combining them into a crafty
narrative…But he also brings a culinary self-consciousness to the mix
that makes you savor the ingredients anew, while pondering why they have
dominated American theater for so long…APPROPRIATE is piercingly clear,
with carefully drawn characters who speak in crisp and fluid dialogue.
[Jacobs-Jenkins] enjoys his quarrelsome characters, and he has achieved
the difficult feat of making them all both unlovable and impossible not
to identify with…remarkable and devious." —The New York Times.
"…prodigiously gifted…[Branden Jacobs-Jenkins] effortlessly and
believably taps into a white family's dysfunction, infuses the script
with unforced, viperish humor…APPROPRIATE is an uncommonly deft
dramatic and technical achievement." —Entertainment Weekly. "…an
exceptionally brilliant piece of writing…gut-punchingly honest work."
—Time Out (Chicago). "…biliously funny…Jacobs-Jenkins [is] a witty
provocateur and a dramatist on whom to keep your eye…What distinguishes
[APPROPRIATE] is the playwright's gift for drawing his characters into
an escalating conflict and sustaining, with humor and craft, our
curiosity about how they digest the terrible information thrown at
them." —The Washington Post.