The Waverly Gallery on Broadway: Show Is Now Closed
The Waverly Gallery Summary
- Show Status: Closed
- Genre: Play
- The Waverly Gallery is 1 Hour 50 Minutes long, including an intermission of 15 Minutes
- 8 Shows per week
- Previews Began: September 25, 2018
- Show Opened: October 25, 2018
- Show Closed: January 27, 2019
A comedic memory play about a woman in her final fight against Alzheimer’s. The show tackles the complexity of caring for someone living with the disease.
The Waverly Gallery on Broadway Background
The show first premiered Off-Broadway at the Promenade Theater in March 2000. Almost two decades passed before The Waverly Gallery came to Broadway. Written by Academy Award winner Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea, This Is Our Youth, Lobby Hero) the play was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2001.
The all-star cast includes Lonergan's past collaborators Academy Award nominee Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) as Daniel in his Broadway debut and Tony nominee Michael Cera (This Is Our Youth, Lobby Hero, Juno) as Don. Renowned screenwriter Elaine May makes her debut on the Broadway stage. After penning two Broadway shows (Relatively Speaking, After the Night and The Music) she finally takes the stage herself. The comedian known for her Academy Award nominations for Heaven Can Wait and Primary Colors received the National Medal of Arts in 2013.
What’s The Waverly Gallery Like?
Gladys is a former lawyer and social activist who owns a gallery in Greenwich Village, New York. The character was inspired by the playwright's own grandmother and her battle with Alzheimer’s. As Gladys' condition continues to deteriorate she fights her family for her independence. The moving piece is also incredibly funny as Gladys' rants are often childlike and her family talks over her. The play delicately balances humor and compassion as Gladys is never ridiculed. The plot is somewhat thin, the main focus is the family dynamic told through Daniel's monologues. However, we do meet Don, a young artist from Massachusetts, whose work is being featured in the gallery. The Waverly Gallery is an insightful look into a passionate and feisty woman's final decline and the impact felt by the entire family. The show is able to balance the painful situation with the humor her family finds in the darkest times.
Is The Waverly Gallery Good for Kids?
The Waverly Gallery is not unsuitable for children, but the the shows content can be heavy and adult in nature at times, with themes around death and finality, something that children would not normally ponder.
John Golden Theatre
New York, NY 10019
- Michael Cera
- Lucas Hedges
- Elaine May
- Kenneth Lonergan
- Lila Neuegebauer
- David Zinn
- Ann Roth
- Brian MacDevitt
- General Manager
- Joey Parnes Productions LLC
- Advertising Representative
- Press Agent
- Jim Byk at Sam Rudy Media Relations