by Annie Baker
directed by Sam Gold
The Barrow Street Theater. Previews begin May 5, 2015. Opens May 28. EXTENDED THROUGH SUNDAY, JANUARY 10, 2016
Originally staged at Playwrights Horizons, the production will transfer intact, reuniting director Sam Gold with the entire original cast, which includes Alex Hanna, Louisa Krause, Matthew Maher and Aaron Clifton Moten.
“Annie Baker’s exquisite play, acted by a perfect cast, won my heart. One of the freshest and most talented dramatists to emerge in the past decade.” —Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
“The most spellbinding theater this year. ‘The Flick’ may be the best argument anyone has yet made for the continued necessity and profound uniqueness of the theater. —Jesse Green, New York Magazine
In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35-millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.
When Annie Baker’s play “The Flick” won the Pulitzer Prize last year, my surprise almost equaled my delight. This smart, subtle, delicately moving drama about the relationships among three low-wage workers at a grimy New England movie theater hardly seemed like the kind of play the Pulitzer judges would honor. Unless, of course, they happened to see it and were caught up in the rapt spell it casts — more than three hours that, no, don’t fly by. (As life doesn’t, really, until it does.)...
Annie Baker’s The Flick, directed by Tony winner Sam Gold, will receive a London transfer next year. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which is currently playing a return engagement off-Broadway, is just one of the productions slated for the U.K.’s National Theatre in 2016.