Marvin's Room at American Airlines Theatre tickets
Marvin's Room at American Airlines Theatre tickets

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About the show

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 ditsy 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.

Recommended for

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.

Age Recommendations: TBC

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours, 15 minutes (1 intermission)
Opened: 08 Jul 2017
Press night: 29 Jun 2017
Booking from: 08 Jul 2017
Booking until: 27 Aug 2017

Location and map

American Airlines Theatre
227 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

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