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By Eva Whalen

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Off-Broadway’s The Bench play has a limited run through December 17th, so catch this memorable theatrical treat while you still can. With deft acting chops that evoke the transformative versatility of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey, Rob Galinsky brings five diverse characters to life on stage in a heart-rending tale of love, heroics, fate, and homelessness in the 1980s. Based on real characters and their true stories, the personal tales and tribulations of the various characters who find themselves homeless can resonate with everyone. The Bench underscores how love forces us to be braver and to stretch beyond our comfort zone – even when that comfort zone is found on a bench.

Directed by Jay O. Sanders (Sneaky Pete, True Detective, JFK, Day After Tomorrow) and produced by Chris Noth (Sex & the City, The Good Wife), Barry “Shabaka” Henley (Collateral, Better Call Saul, Jitney) and Tony Award-winning producer Terry Schnuck (Fun Home, More, Hair, Sunset Boulevard), this play was written by the multi-talented Rob Galinsky, who performs in it as well as its sole actor. Full of humor and highlighting the best of humanity in the worst of circumstances, this play will help you view your fellow citizens through softer, kinder lens, which is much needed in our current era. The Bench’s’ set is comprised of apt graphic novel art from Daphne Arthur, and the production is scored live by composer and multi-instrumentalist Deep Singh.

The Cherry Lane Theatre’s intimate setting is the perfect place to revel in this play, which runs every Sunday at 7 pm (with the exception of 11/5 and 12/3. You can also catch it Tuesday, December 5th. The play is an hour and there is no intermission – but you won’t need one because you’ll be mesmerized by the story and the acting.

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The Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street in the west village, just off of Bedford Street; 866-811-4111

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Originally published October 2017



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