World Premiere - La Jolla Playhouse, December 4th, 2018
Every New Year’s Eve a family gathers in their Florida backyard to ring in the coming year. In between dips in the pool, politically incorrect banter and a highly-anticipated onion dip, their relationships grow and fracture in moments that become family legend. Unfolding backwards from 2018 to 2000, The Year to Come shows how the promise of our future is shaped by the lens of our past.
5 M, 3 F
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