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- $26 for two tickets to New City Stage Company’s Production of American Sligo (up to a $52 value)
- When: any performance from June 2–June 23
- Where: Adrienne Theatre Skybox
- Seating: best available (reservations required)
- Door time: one hour prior to showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
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Decked out in spandex stretching a bit too tight, 63-year-old professional wrestler Art “Crazy Train” Sligo may be way past his prime, but the big guy still has some fight left in him. On the eve of his career-ending final match, the outlandish Sligo family gathers for a celebratory dinner that proves to be as confrontational as any of Crazy Train’s wrestling exploits. The table teeters with tension as Crazy Train’s two sons—mopey Kyle and derelict Victor—join vivacious Aunt Bobbie and the milquetoast superfan Bobby for a final blowout before the final blowout. Hailed as “brutal and funny” by the New York Times, the play singes the stage with fiery dialogue as it keenly dissects the life of an Midwestern family.
As one of Philadelphia’s busiest Shakespearean actors, John Jezior brings comic and emotional gravitas to the role of Crazy Train, while Susanne Sulby—who recently worked on the hit film Silver Linings Playbook—provides the pathos of American Sligo as Aunt Bobbie. Director Aaron Cromie, known for his work with the Arden Theatre Company and The Folger Shakespeare Theatre, enhances the play with his penchant for magical realism. Together, the talented cast and crew blaze a blistering path through the script by Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Adam Rapp, tearing into its humanistic humor and relatable gloom.
New City Stage Company
Although the New City Stage Company attracts equity actors and union crews, fostering local talent has been a priority since it began producing in 2006. Commissioning and mounting professional productions of contemporary works and classic plays, the company strives to stimulate patrons and students with shows that are often edgy and thought provoking, like a finely whetted Rubik’s cube. But whether hosting a Philadelphia premier or staging an award-winning rarity, the theater group always places an emphasis on the work of local playwrights and performers.