Keen Company presents
by Lanford Wilson
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of TALLEY'S FOLLY, FIFTH OF JULY, and BURN THIS comes this moving story about seeking acceptance in the place you most hope to find it. Wilson's autobiographical play depicts his California joinery at age 17 to live with his estranged father, and his struggle to fit in to a family only partially his own.
"Lanford Wilson was big in the 1970s and '80s, but the author of "The Hot l Baltimore" and "Talley's Folly" had largely faded from view by the time of his death in March. It's been ages since a Wilson play received a high-profile production in New York, and three years since I last reviewed one anywhere in America. For this reason, Keen Company's Off-Broadway revival of "Lemon Sky" is an occasion of no small consequence, an opportunity to take a second look at a once-admired playwright who has fallen out of fashion-and the news is good. Not only does "Lemon Sky turn out to be a play of exceptional quality, but Jonathan Silverstein's production is an extraordinarily strong and finely acted piece of work." - Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
"If you have any doubt about the magnitude of the loss we suffered when playwright Lanford Wilson died this past March, Keen Company's heart-stopping production of his 1970 play "Lemon Sky" makes it all too abundantly clear. This unsparing yet deeply humane autobiographical drama about the wounds that families inflict in the name of love is luminous under Jonathan Silverstein's quietly piercing direction... Don't miss it." - Backstage.
"Lanford Wilson offers up a pungent portrait of a 17-year-old's attempts to reconnect with his father in his highly theatrical 1970 play Lemon Sky, now being presented by the Keen Company at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row. The production, directed with precision by Jonathan Silverstein, boasts a host of exceptional performances and manages to deliver a considerable emotional punch." - Theatermania
- Sally Cade Holmes