THE WAVERLY GALLERY
By Kenneth Lonergan
Directed by Lila Neugebauer
Kenneth Lonergan’s memory play and 2001 Pulitzer Prize finalist The Waverly Gallery completed its critically acclaimed limited engagement on January 27, 2019 at the Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street). The production began previews September 25, 2018 and opened October 25, 2019.
Directed by Drama Desk and Obie Award winner Lila Neugebauer in her Broadway debut, the cast included Grammy Award winner, and Academy and Golden Globe Award nominee, Elaine May, one half of the legendary comedy duo, Nichols and May, whose iconic show An Evening With Mike Nichols and Elaine May famously played the Golden Theatre; Academy Award nominee Lucas Hedges, who makes his Broadway debut; Tony Award nominee Michael Cera, in his third Lonergan play on Broadway; Tony Award winner and three-time Academy Award nominee Joan Allen, and Tony Award winner David Cromer.
A powerfully poignant and often hilarious play, The Waverly Gallery is about the final years of a generous, chatty, and feisty grandmother’s battle against Alzheimer’s disease. Gladys is an old-school lefty and social activist and longtime owner of a small art gallery in Greenwich Village. The play explores her fight to retain her independence and the subsequent effect of her decline on her family, especially her grandson. More than a memory play, The Waverly Gallery captures the humor and strength of a family in the face of crisis.