New supernatural drama opens at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.
By: Patrick Christiano
February 13, 2014: The blizzard didn’t stop the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater from holding the world premiere of Ken Urban’s new drama The Correspondent, directed by Stephen Brackett of Buyer & Cellar fame, at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.
In The Correspondent Phillip, a grieving husband played outstandingly by Thomas Jay Ryan, is confronted by Mirabel, a dying woman played nicely by Alicia Simms, who claims to have a message from his recently deceased wife in the afterlife. Mirable says she is not a medium, but promises that after she dies, she will communicate between the loved ones when she gets to the other side. Phillip has been holed up in his tasteful Boston apartment Phillip obsessing over his wife’s recent death in a car accident. Hhe is completely taken in by the sincerity of Mirable’s promises and hires her to take a message to his wife.
When he begins receiving letters describing events in full detail of things only his wife could know, he must determine if the correspondence is a con artist or actually from the beyond. Ken Urban’s smart new play is a 90 minute supernatural thriller that has roots in Prelude to a Kiss by Craig Lucas and even The Shawl by David Manet. The swift staging by Stephen Brackett is tasteful with subtle lighting by Eric Southern and sound by Daniel Kluger the keeps the atmosphere heavy throughout the evenings engaging plot twists, including an explicit sex scene.
The top notch cast features the always wonderful Thomas Jay Ryan as the distraught husband Phillip Graves, Heather Alicia Simms as the dubious Mirabel, and Jordan Geiger is a young handsome mysterious stranger, who brings added intrigue to the unfolding events.
The Correspondent opened at The Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place, west of Seventh Avenue South, between West 11th and Perry Streets on February 13, 2014. The Correspondent is scheduled to run through Sunday, March 16. For more information call 866-811-4111 or online at www.rattlestick.org