GOOD FOR OTTO
by David Rabe
directed by Scott Elliott
with Ed Harris and Amy Madigan
The New Group.
Winter 2017/2018 Spring 2018
Through the microcosm of a rural Connecticut mental health center, Tony Award-winning playwright David Rabe conjures a whole American community on the edge. Like their patients and their families, Dr. Michaels (Ed Harris), his colleague Evangeline (Amy Madigan) and the clinic itself teeter between breakdown and survival, wielding dedication and humanity against the cunning, inventive adversary of mental illness, to hold onto the need to fight – and to live. Inspired by a real clinic, Rabe finds humor and compassion in a raft of richly drawn characters adrift in a society and a system stretched beyond capacity. Scott Elliott directs an ensemble cast of fourteen in this New York premiere.
Of the original 2015 production at Chicago's Gift Theatre, critics wrote:
“Mr. Rabe’s moving drama [has] a symphonic quality…As exciting as it can be to discover fresh new voices, it can be just as heartening to see a veteran playwright return to powerful form, as Mr. Rabe unquestionably does in this sprawling drama about mental illness…Mr. Rabe digs into his subject with a depth that almost feels bottomless.” —The New York Times.
“…[a] remarkable, three-hour opus by the great American writer David Rabe…who has now penned as comprehensive, heartfelt and even-handed a theatrical look at the issues surrounding mental illness in America as you ever are likely to see.” —Chicago Tribune.