What happens between friends when wealth divides and seduces? New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch presents the East Coast premiere of Karen's Rizzo's MUTUAL PHILANTHROPY, a comedy that blows the neighborhood watch whistle on the power plays and prejudices seething secretly beneath the California cool of a community transitioning from working class to billionaire bohemian. The play runs Thursdays through Sundays, October 19 through November 19, at NJ Rep, 179 Broadway in Long Branch, New Jersey. Lee, a gifted but under-recognized artist, and his breadwinning wife, Esther, live paycheck to paycheck in the diverse East LA enclave of Mount Washington, where Esther grew up. Charles and Michelle are among a wave of more recent arrivals, with big plans and big money for making the newly hip neighborhood even 'nicer.' Their children attended the same top-rated preschool; they shop at the same Trader Joe's; they share similar views and a passion for cutting-edge art. In fact, Lee is near certain that Charles is about to buy one of his major sculptures. With so much in common, what could go wrong over a cozy dinner at Charles and Michelle's humble mansion? Pretty much everything, once the one difference they tend to pretend does not matter is pried open wide by manipulation, temptation, resentment, and too much to drink. Directed by Evan Bergman, the cast features Joe Carlson, Laurel Casillo, Vivia Font, and James MacDonald. Opening Night with reception is Saturday, October 21.
Friday - November 17, 2017
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Cost:$46 (+$5 priority seating); $50, Opening Night
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