THE YEAR TO COME
It's New Year's Eve again, and the various backgrounds and perspectives of this American family somehow clash even more than they did last year. And the year before. And the year before. But all gathered in their backyard swimming pool, they are safe from the world they fight about... or so they hope. The Year To Come weaves Decembers into decades in search of what rips - and mends - the seams of a nation.
5 M, 3 F
World Premiere Production
La Jolla Playhouse - San Diego Tribune Critics Choice
New York Premiere Production
Roundabout Theatre Company - Upcoming Production
CRITICS PICK, San Diego Tribune
The rewards of Lindsey Ferrentino’s captivating new play should be the last thing you’d want to pass up. The world-premiere La Jolla Playhouse work proves a funny and probing exploration not just of one extended Florida family’s journey, but of the course of our country over two eventful, sometimes traumatic decades. That scale of domestic epic is lot to take on. Doing so in reverse brings the piece to a whole different level of storytelling technique — almost like writing a theatrical palindrome. But the sharp-witted and acutely observant Ferrentino pulls it off beautifully. The diversity of this crew — in political beliefs, religious backgrounds and more — becomes a source of both gutting conflict and hard-won bonds, and it’s fascinating, as the play spools backward, to see what led to the sense of a tentative detente we see in the first scenes.
- James Hebert, The San Diego Union-Tribune