New York theatergoers will be keeping up with the Joneses starting next spring. Will Eno’s play The Realistic Jones will be opening on Broadway next spring after a critically acclaimed run at Yale Repertory Theatre in 2012. The all-star cast consists of Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts and Marisa Tomei. Obie winner Sam Gold (Picnic, Seminar, Circle Mirror Transformation) will repeat his direction of the Yale Rep production. Rehearsals begin in January 2014 with previews starting in February and an opening scheduled for late March.
The play focuses on two suburban couples who have identical homes and the same last name. As their relationships intertwine, they must choose between idyllic fantasies and imperfect realities. The production will mark Eno’s Broadway debut. He has already made a significant name Off-Broadway with works such as Middletown, Title and Deed and the Pulitzer-Prize finalist Thom Paine (based on nothing).
Emmy winner Collette can currently be seen in the CBS series Hostages and last appeared on Broadway in the musical The Wild Party in 2000, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. Hall won the Golden Globe and SAG Awards for his playing of the titular serial killer on Dexter and received an Emmy nomination for Six Feet Under. He previously appeared on Broadway in Cabaret and Chicago. Letts won the Tony for last season’s hit revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and is equally well-known as a playwright as an actor. His August: Osage County won the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play. After winning an Oscar for My Cousin Vinnie, Tomei was nominated for In the Bedroom and The Wrestler. She was last seen on Broadway in 2008 in a revival of Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls.