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The Country House

The Country House

By Donald Margulies
Imprint: Theatre Communications Group
Paperback : 9781559364911, 96 pages, March 2015


Inspired by Anton Chekhov’s pastoral comedies, Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies brings this funny and poignant world premiere – helmed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan – to the Geffen Playhouse. Gathering in their Berkshire home during the Williamstown summer theater season, a family of actors wrestles with fame, art and, as always, each other. But when the events of the weekend go off-script, secrets are spilled and bonds are broken – threatening an already fragile foundation of a home brimming with old memories, new love and discarded dreams.


"The Country House takes its mother-son rift, its themes of art and ego and unrequited love, and even its bucolic setting from Anton Chekhov, but what it most has in common with its source material is an ability to scrupulously map all the craggy contours of the human heart. " - Mindy Farabee, L. A. Weekly

"One of the most disciplined and satisfying new American plays to reach Broadway in the past decade. A truly affecting play. " - Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal

"Like Chekhov, Mr. Margulies is a specialist in rueful regrets and misty glimpses of roads not taken. " - Ben Brantley, New York Times