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    Marvin's Room on Broadway Tickets

    Todd Haimes Theatre

    Scott McPherson’s black comedy about caregiving and keeping hope in the face of a terrible illness makes its Broadway debut twenty-six years after it was first performed. Marvin’s Room will bring moving family drama to the American Airlines Theatre – with an exceptionally strong cast featuring Janeane Garofalo, Lili Taylor and Celia Weston.

    Marvin’s Room by Scott McPherson tells the story of two estranged sisters reunited by hope in the face of a life-threatening illness. Originally performed in 1990 and adapted to a Hollywood film in 1996, Marvin’s Room now makes its Broadway debut at the American Airlines Theatre.

    Lee (Janeane Garofalo) is a struggling single mother whose son Hank (Jack DiFalco) is institutionalised for burning down the family home. Her estranged sister Bessie (Lili Taylor) selflessly takes care of their elderly father and eccentric aunt Ruth (Celia Weston). When Bessie is diagnosed with Leukemia, the disease that killed their mother, she must reunite with Lee in the hope that she will be a suitable bone marrow donor.

    The three women at the heart of the play are wonderfully portrayed. Janeane Garofalo (the well-loved comedy actress from films such as Dogma and Mystery Men) makes a strong Broadway debut, playing Lee with nuance and complexity. Lili Taylor (Dead Eye Boy) accurately and sensitively depicts the conflicted emotions of a woman just diagnosed with a terrible illness. Celia Weston (The Last Night of Ballyhoo) is delightfully ditzy and shambling as Ruth.

    While the subject matter is heavy, director Anne Kauffman (You Got Older) does not forget that Marvin’s Room is a comedy – and makes sure the production is still loaded with heart and humour.

    Sorry this show closed 27 August 2017, we recommend these similar productions.

    Performance dates:
    08 Jul 2017 - 27 Aug 2017
    Running time:
    2 hours and 15 minutes including an intermission.
    Age recommendation:
    Audience Notes:
    Lovers of American theatre that mixes black comedy with believable family drama, such as Steel Magnolias. Additionally, fans of Janeane Garofalo will not want to miss her Broadway debut.
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