MEN IN WHITE is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
This production has been made possible by the generous sponsorship of Mount Sinai Hospital, Nancy DiMunno and Flo Cronican.
We also acknowledge our community sponsors: Ardesia Wine Bar, Barcelona Bar, Cosmic Diner, Da Tomasso, Kashkaval, Matt's Grill, Pick-A-Bagel, Route 66 Cafe, and Town Optical.
(Photos by Matthew Sussman. Click to see full photo gallery.)
MEN IN WHITE centers around a surgical trainee named George Ferguson whose personal life gives way to medical demands at a busy urban hospital. While his fed-up fiancée and her wealthy father battle with George's mentor to rush his studies, a dalliance with a nursing student ends in a tragedy that could have been prevented. 80 years later, Kingsley's important social questions still resonate: If you can't turn to your doctor for healthcare, where can you turn?
Running time is 2:05, with a 15 minute intermission.
TALKBACKS (starting at 10:30pm, free with admission):
November 13, 2013- Topic: 1930s Politics - The Backdrop to MEN IN WHITE
Speaker: Gerald Moshell, Director/Producer and Professor of Music, Trinity College
November 14, 2013 - Topic: Actor-Driven Theater
Q&A with the cast and creative team of MEN IN WHITE.
November 20, 2013 - Topic: Manipulation vs Choice, and The Modern Relevance of MEN IN WHITE
Speaker: Betty Rothbart, Health Education Expert
November 21, 2013 - Topic: The Challenges in our Healthcare System
Speaker: Staff from Mount Sinai Hospital
THE REVIEWS ARE IN!
Howard Miller, Talkin' Broadway - "Men In White has rarely been produced since . Now it is back, on view at ATA’s Sargent Theater in a solid production by the always-exciting Seeing Place Theater company. The Seeing Place is in its fifth season of visceral and imaginative productions under the leadership of its managing director Erin Cronican and its artistic director Brandon Walker....The Seeing Place has put together a fine cast, and a rather large one at that (17), especially for a company that is called upon to pull the rabbit out of the hat on a shoestring budget. The roles are played by a mix of Equity and non-Equity actors, with many of them turning in top-notch performances.The company’s two stalwarts, Ms. Cronican (who directs the production as well) and Mr. Walker do excellent jobs of bringing their characters to life and making them psychologically credible...The Seeing Place is to be commended for the fine job it has done in bringing it back to the New York stage."
Chris McKittrick, Daily Actor - "It’s refreshing to see an indie theater company — particular one that is already worthy of admiration like The Seeing Place — revive a rarely-produced eighty year-old Pulitzer Prize winning play...One of the most impressive aspects of the production is the size of the cast — the ensemble includes sixteen actors portraying twenty-seven characters...Some of the more noteworthy include Jim DiMunno as an elderly doctor whose profession has passed him by (DiMunno portrays him with considerable trembling) and Jessica Kelly who portrays both an outspoken nurse and, in a brief, but powerful scene, an almost-hysterical mother pleading with Dr. Ferguson to keep her child alive...There are a lot of nuances one will miss if he or she isn’t paying attention to the entire stage...What I always enjoy about The Seeing Place is that the company puts the actors first. Its productions are always marked by an unbridled enthusiasm and raw talent that I don’t see on stage anywhere else."
Charles Wright, Off Off Online - "This Seeing Place production is a rare opportunity to experience a significant though nearly forgotten milestone of 20th century dramatic literature...With its huge cast and complex staging demands, Men in White is a massive undertaking. The ostensive magic of the Group’s original production was a function of gifted actors working full-time (unhindered by “days jobs”), with ample rehearsal time, since the collective-bargaining agreements of that era were less restrictive than those of today. Treading in the footprints of the Group Theatre is a daunting notion. The Seeing Place is to be commended for staging Men in White on a tight budget, with 16 actors covering 27 roles; and there’s much that’s admirable about what the cast accomplishes. Walker, in particular, gives a strong, thoughtful performance as Dr. Ferguson; and he’s well-matched by Cronican in their several scenes together."
Bina Sharif, Hi! Drama - "[MEN IN WHITE] is ambitious and political and deals with health care which is the essential right of every single human beings... [The play] has a very large cast and with the restraints and almost no budget does an excellent job. Most of the ensemble is very good and Mark Gorham as Dr. Hochberg is exceptional...There should be more revivals of important plays as MEN IN WHITE in NYC."
Sarah B Roberts, Adventures in the Endless Pursuit of Entertainment - "This revival of Men in White is an excellent opportunity to see a rarely performed masterpiece that is often thought of as the model for medical dramas... I found it to a be a particularly timely subject and surprisingly relevant given the volatility on the subject that has lately been plaguing my home state of Texas. No doubt, the play was ahead of its time. Leading the large ensemble cast, Brandon Walker plays Dr. George Ferguson...a very impressive and palpable performance."
Charles Batterby, Theater for Nerds - "The Seeing Place Theater is no doubt aware of the dated nature of the piece, but their new off-off Broadway production of it demonstrates that many issues regarding the medical industry have remained the same over the last 80 years...Some of the dated references are surprisingly relevant...A great deal of effort has been taken to recreate the historical setting. The hospital equipment used onstage is authentic and period-accurate, including an antique hospital bed. The costumes and many set pieces are also period accurate as is the general look of incidental items around the set."
Yvonne Korshak, Let's Talk Off Broadway - "It’s welcome that The Seeing Place Theater has given us the opportunity to see Men in White, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1934... I admire the creative idealism of this group, working toward depth through its “pro-actor philosophy” and method acting-like techniques, and I look forward to seeing how their ideas may animate in new ways other plays on their ambitious program."
David Barbour, Lighting & Sound America - "Seeing 'Men in White' today causes a strange kind of double vision. Looked at one way, it is a charming relic of between-the-wars Broadway; at other times, it is surprisingly modern...If you are curious about this rarely seen Pulitzer Prize winner, this is probably your best chance at seeing 'Men in White', and your curiosity will probably be rewarded."
'ddmoreland', Theatermania Patron Review - "I enjoyed this show very much. Apart from the fact that it is a great script, the acting was convincing, direction on point and best yet, the script kept in tact; performed as it may have been so many years ago when doctors made $20 a week and abortions were illegal. This company does beautiful work and although I am tempted to name names, I will not do so; suffice it to say, I admire this company's work and in particular, the authenticity with which "Men in White" was produced--almost as if I were at home looking at a soap opera on a stage in my living room. Go see it. I know you, too, will enjoy "Men in White" and come to recognize a company with a tremendous future in the theater."
Roberta Johnson, Time Out NY Patron Review - "This was a very enjoyable play, good story and very well acted. The actors brought the story alive and kept the action moving throughout the show. The intensity of the relationship between Dr. Ferguson and his fiancée, Laura, as well as between the Dr. Ferguson and his mentor “Hocky” (Dr. Hochberg), was very believable and heartfelt. The intensity was set off by some wonderful comic relief from crusty old Mr. Hudson and the consistently hungry Dr. Bradley. It was a great show and a very entertaining evening."
Mark Waltz, Time Out NY Patron Review - "An outstanding revival of a play that has moved unfortunately into obscurity but is certainly timely today. The audience chuckled in spots along with me where references to things going on in 1933 were certainly true 80 years later. This is the type of play that Roundabout should consider giving a full-scale revival to, although the Off-Broadway staging here was tight, fast moving and extremely well-acted. Each performer taking their roles seriously and never becoming melodramatic in spite of the story that in weaker hands could have been over-done with soap opera clichés. Issues that were considered "too hot" for the 1934 Clark Gable/Myrna Loy MGM movie but were somehow allowed to be dramatized on stage make this a story for all ages, and reminds us of the importance of serious medical care with professionals who truly care about their patients over what insurance carrier they have."
Emily Newhouse, Time Out NY Patron Review - "I know they always say, hey this show really is very modern despite being written in the 30s but I still didnt know what I was going into. I had no idea I was going to relate so much to the main character. I really loved it. I love The Seeing Place Theater. They are just incredible. While watching Men in White, I didnt feel I was watching a play. I felt I was watching people's lives unfold.
I've had the pleasure of meeting Erin and Brandon a few times and they really inspire me to just go for what I want in life. I am so grateful The Seeing Place Theater exists. It gives me hope for the idea of art still being able to lift people up, motivate them, make them think and reflect on their lives. Because that's the experience I get there."
Gloria & Bob Gery, Time Out NY Patron Review - "Didn't know what to expect -- but wanted to see an early Pulitzer Prize winner. Had a little fear it might be dated. NOT! It was outstanding, engaging, well-directed and with an outstanding large cast. Highly recommend. First time seeing this company -- and would definitely see another show of theirs. Congratulations to all involved. A great value!"
Nikki P, Time Out NY Patron Review - "Great show- really well chosen, hasn't been done in so long but is so relevant. The theater did a great job of ambience. The music was perfect, the costumes and set all top-grade and they even set the mood before in the lobby with people checking your reservations in Lab coats that went with the costumes and offering to 'prescribe you' snacks and drinks. Really great night at the theater- would go see another show here for sure (especially with the low cost!!)."
Jackie, Time Out NY Patron Review - "Fabulous acting, creative staging and the intimacy of the physical theater brought the audience into the lives of these doctors who are experiencing what many doctors still struggle with today. It was a great evening, I enjoyed it tremendously!"
Paul Y, Time Out NY Patron Review - "The performance was compelling and kept me engaged from beginning to end. The time passed so quickly. A great cast, a great show."
Maria, Time Out NY Patron Review - "Fantastic story-telling and acting!! I thought it was an excellent selection based on what our country is currently going through. Showing we're not much further evolved than we think....? I thought the whole project was highly ambitious and pulled off without a hitch. Thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and couldn't wait to come home and tell my husband and others about it. Thanks so much!"
Daniel A Kalish, Time Out NY Patron Review - "Men In White is wonderfully staged, the cast is excellent. Although it has the feel of the period and locations in which it takes place (New York during the depression), the plot and the themes are as relevant today as they were when the show was written. The tensions between doctors' careers and personal lives are beautifully portrayed in this melodramatic and fast moving show."
Gary Bist, Time Out NY Patron Review - "Show was excellent. Great theater and tremendous value. Top notch cast and direction. I really enjoyed it."
Terry Sommer, Facebook Patron Review - "Congratulations on Men in White, it was a special treat! What an interesting piece this is, especially for our health care conscious culture. And there are some excellent performances, especially Brandon Walker, Mark Gorham and Erin Cronican. It's such an ambitious, exciting project. Kudos to you guys!"
Charles Baris, Time Out NY Patron Review - "I thoroughly enjoyed this show last night. I will get to see it again before it closes. The cast did a very nice job and worked well together. Good luck guys, and here's to a bright future."
Nancy Simmons, Time Out NY Patron Review - "From beginning to end, I found myself really engaged by the characters and their situation(s) in this play, which continued to unfold in unexpected ways. A very large cast (by today's standards), extremely well acted (i.e., totally believable characters), dealing with a "doctor's dilemma" that seems as relevant today as it was in 1933, the year of the play's setting and its first production. After which it won a Pulitzer. Leaving me wanting to know more about the playwright, one Sidney Kingsley, whose bio I sought in vain when re-reading the playbill. But my task here is not to critique the playbill; the performance was excellent."
Susan B, Time Out NY Patron Review - "Wonderful. Go see this. It's amazing how much this troupe can accomplish given the low cost and staging is just fine!"
al, Time Out NY Patron Review - "Enjoyable play, a bus mans holiday for this medical professional. The play includes a few dated items such as house staff actually were house staff they lived at the hospital and they could only leave with permission but this knowledge only accentuates the conflict. The theme of professional ambition vs the desire for a personal and romantic life are timeless. A well written and acted play."
'dahliaroberts', Broadway World Patron Review - "I'd like to give a shout-out to the wonderful ensemble. Thank you for fully-formed characters and a lovely evening of theater."
And finally, a tourist on Fodor's Travel website mentioned The Seeing Place in their review of New York Theater, including us with their Broadway recommendations!
'sluggo', Tourist Review via Fodor's Travel - "Although Broadway and off-Broadway shows get most of the attention, there are tens of thousands of excellent actors in the city, and many of them perform in small companies like The Seeing Place Theater, a repertory company with a tiny theater on W. 54th. The play won a Pulitzer for Drama in the 1930s, and the actors did an outstanding job with this revival. There are dozens of such shows in the city, and for very little money (we paid $10 and left a nice donation in the jar) you can have a great, intimate theater experience. Sodas were $2 and after the performance, the director and several actors were available in the lounge. We got tickets online in advance. Before your next trip to the city, visit the NY Innovative Theater Awards web page for a list of current shows by small companies."
Articles & Interviews about
MEN IN WHITE:
The Cutting Room Floor (via Talk Shoe Radio)
The Sociology of Organic Theater (via 5 Minute Call)
Professional Revival of MEN IN WHITE (via Broadway World)
Cast (in order of appearance):
Dr. Josh Gordon - Michael Gnat*
Dr. Leo Hochberg - Mark Gorham*
Dr. Michaelson / Mr. Mooney / Mac - Adam Levinthal*
Dr. Pete Bradley / Vitale - Logan Keeler
Dr. "Shorty" Otis - Stephen Dexter*
Dr. McCabe / Mr. Spencer - Jim DiMunno
Dr. George Ferguson - Brandon
Dr. Wren / Mr. Smith - Frank Schiavone
Dr. Levine / Mr. Rummond - Justin Hoch
Nurse Jamison / Mrs Smith - Nicole McLaughlin
Mr Hudson / Mr Houghton - Stewart Steinberg*
Laura Hudson - Erin
Nurse Mary Ryan / Mrs D'Andrea - Jessica Kelly
Dorothy Smith / Nurse 1 - Hillery Baker
Barbara Dennin - Martine Moore
Dr Cunningham / Mr. Larrow - Brian Charles Rooney*
Alternate for Nurse Mary Ryan / Mrs D'Andrea (Nov 22 & 23) - Jamie Soltis
* = Member of AEA
Director - Erin Cronican*
Producers - Brandon Walker* & Erin Cronican*
Assistant Director - Elle Emerson
Stage Management - Jasmine Olson
Lighting Design - Duane Pagano
Set & Costume Design - Erin Cronican*