The Realistic Joneses

The Realistic Joneses

by  Will Eno

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  2m, 2f

As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities.
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The Realistic Joneses

The Realistic Joneses

by  Will Eno

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

In The Realistic Joneses, we meet Bob and Jennifer and their new neighbors, John and Pony, two suburban couples who have even more in common than their identical homes and their shared last names. As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities.
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Accolades

  • Nominee! 2014 Outer Critics Circle Award
    Nominee! 2014 Drama League Award

Reviews


REVIEWS

"Plays as funny and moving, as wonderful and weird as The Realistic Joneses, by Will Eno, do not appear often on Broadway. Or ever, really." - The New York Times, Read More

"Mr. Eno’s voice may be the most singular of his generation, but it’s humane, literate and slyly hilarious. He makes the most mundane language caper and dance, revealing how absurd attempts at communication can be. He also burrows into the heart of his characters to reveal the core of their humanity: the fear and loneliness and unspoken love that mostly remains hidden beneath the surface as we plug away at life, come what may...For all the sadness woven into its fabric, The Realistic Joneses brought me a pleasurable rush virtually unmatched by anything I’ve seen this season." - The New York Times, Read More

"Eno’s dialogue is a marvel of compression and tonal control, trivial chitchat flipping into cosmic profundity with striking ease [...] there’s much to savor: the dry but meaningful banter, the joy of humans sharing time and space, battling the darkness with a joke or silence. Life in Enoland isn’t what you’d call realistic — it’s more real than that." - Time Out New York, Read More

"[...] each line is sharply refined with dry wit and packed with underlying meaning. The characters are written with impressive realism [...]" - The Oregonian, Read More 

"Will Eno has written a play of such extraordinary wit and insight, so carefully constructed, it resonates for days. Lines of dialogue peal through your thoughts like distant bells." - Edge Media, Read More

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Videos

  • First Look at THE REALISTIC JONSES
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  • THE REALISTIC JONESES at Yale Rep
  • Opening Night of THE REALISTIC JONSES
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: One of these little towns near the mountains.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

2m, 2f
BOB JONES - Jennifer's husband
JENNIFER JONES - Bob's wife
JOHN JONES - Bob and Jennifer's new neighbor; husband to Pony
PONY JONES - Bob and Jennifer's new neighbor; wife to John
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting

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Authors

Will Eno

Will Eno is a Residency Five Fellow at the Signature Theatre in New York, which presented Title and Deed in 2012, and The Open House, in 2014. His new play, Wakey, Wakey premiered there in February 2017. Following an acclaimed run at Yale Repertory Theatre, his play The Realistic Joneses was on Broadway in 2014, direct ...

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The Realistic Joneses premiered at the Yale Repertory Theatre under the direction of Sam Gold, before appearing on Broadway in 2014. 

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