Review Roundup: John Patrick Shanley's BROOKLYN LAUNDRY Opens Off-Broadway

The play recently announced a two week extension and will now play through Sunday, April 14. 

By: Feb. 28, 2024
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Just last night, Manhattan Theatre Club celebrated opening night of the world premiere of Brooklyn Laundry, written and directed by Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley, starring Sarurday Night Live star Cecily Strong, David Zayas and more.

The play recently announced a two week extension and will now play through Sunday, April 14. 

John Patrick Shanley, the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning author of Doubt and the Oscar®-winning writer of Moonstruck, returns to MTC with this world premiere of a new play. Sometimes big things start from little things; in this case, a bag of laundry. Shanley’s latest is about three sisters and a guy who runs a laundry in Brooklyn, and the sometimes savage tricks life plays on them. Tragic and funny by turns, this story will remind you what is important in life... and the sorrow and joy of fully embracing adulthood.  

BroadwayWorld has collected reviews from New York City's top theatre critics and you can check out what they are saying about the new play below!

Review Roundup: John Patrick Shanley's BROOKLYN LAUNDRY Opens Off-Broadway Laura Collins-Hughes, The New York Times: Laura Collins-Hughes, The New York Times: I wonder what “Brooklyn Laundry” might have become if Shanley hadn’t staged it himself — if there had been a director to push him where text needs strengthening; to find a tone that breathes life into Fran’s one scene with Trish; to steer away from visual grimness in design rather than, with the exception of the restaurant scene, straight into it. That, however, is not on the menu.

Review Roundup: John Patrick Shanley's BROOKLYN LAUNDRY Opens Off-Broadway Gloria Oladipo, The Guardian: Unfortunately, Shanley doesn’t offer more for Fran to do or feel. She listens, she responds, indulging in a staunch placation that is given little justification. Fran’s response and the supposed happy ending of their relationship feels more like a man’s fantasy than anything gripped in honesty. “I’m nothing but real,” Fran tells Own during their play’s final encounter. “No pretty lights.” If only that were true.

Review Roundup: John Patrick Shanley's BROOKLYN LAUNDRY Opens Off-Broadway Frank Scheck, New York Stage Review: It’s not often that you leave a play wanting more. But that’s exactly the case with the new romantic dramedy by John Patrick Shanley receiving its world premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club. Depicting the rocky courtship of two damaged souls grasping for what they perceive may be a final chance at love, Brooklyn Laundry proves as frustrating as it is charming. But Shanley — who’s proven his expertise at off-kilter rom-coms with such past efforts as Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Outside Mullingar, and the screenplay for Moonstruck — delivers the memorable characterizations and witty dialogue we’ve come to expect, and the romantic chemistry of leads David Zayas and Cecily Strong is off the charts.

Review Roundup: John Patrick Shanley's BROOKLYN LAUNDRY Opens Off-Broadway Brian Scott Lipton, Cititour: Someday, I suspect some arts organization will put on a festival of works by John Patrick Shanley that focuses on his penchant for unlikely couples, which will include his landmark first play “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea,” his Broadway outing “Outside Mullingar” and the Oscar-winning film “Moonstruck.” Now, another play can be added to this repertoire, “Brooklyn Laundry,” currently getting its world premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club at NY City Center Stage 1. But whoever that festival producer turns out to be, they may want to ask Shanley to expand this engaging, 75-minute work to give more background and substance to its main female character.

Review Roundup: John Patrick Shanley's BROOKLYN LAUNDRY Opens Off-Broadway Sandy MacDonald, New York Stage Review: Cecily Strong brings star power to this handsome production (scenic designer Santo Loquasto has gone all out, filling the Manhattan Theatre Club’s revolving stage with no fewer than four highly detailed, distinctive setlets). Strong seems oddly miscast, though, as Fran, a 37-year-old office drone whom the 50-ish laundromat manager/owner Owen (David Zayas) immediately pegs as “gloomy.”

Review Roundup: John Patrick Shanley's BROOKLYN LAUNDRY Opens Off-Broadway
Average Rating: 54.0%


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