Best New Play of the 21st Century?*

Rajiv Joseph’s The North Pool is now in previews for a run through March 24 at the Vineyard Theatre in New York.   This is thenp third production of this two character, one-act thriller (all under the exquisite direction of Giovanna Sardelli) which had its world premier at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, California in 2011 (after a staged reading at its New Works Festival in 2009), followed by a production at Barrington Stage in 2012.  I have personally watched, talked to or eavesdropped on many hundreds of people who saw this play – from a sold-out high school student audience where you could hear a pin drop and not a single cell phone made a sound, to a mixed age crowd all leaning forward at a Sunday matinee — and they seemed to be unanimously in thrall.  It’s a mesmerizing cat and mouse dance between a high school student and his vice principal that never takes you where you think it’s going and keeps you reflecting and talking for days afterwards.  If you’re in New York, you should get a ticket to see this play!

*OK, so it’s only me saying this may be the Best New Play of the Century so far but The North Pool did win the 2010 Edgerton New American Play Award and the prestigious Will Glickman Award for Best New Play to Premiere in the Bay Area in 2011. I don’t think that’s the end of the awards for this play.

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  1. Julie Kaufman
    Feb 19, 2013

    I sure agree with Susan about The North Pool, having seen it performed both at TheatreWorks New Works Festival and then in the mainstage production. Mesmerizing and fascinating!

  2. Anne Hambly
    Mar 11, 2013

    I agree with you, Susan. North Pool will be hard to beat.

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