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The Gin Game
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The Gin Game

Aug 27, 2015 - Jan 10, 2016
Running time: 2:15
John Golden Theatre
252 W 45th St
New York, NY 10036
By Subway: 1, 2, 3, 7, S, N, R, W, Q, A, C, E to 42nd St/Times Square.
By Bus: Take the M7, M20, or M104 bus.
Show Description:
Listed at TKTS:
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$75.00 - $141.00
prices subject to change
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Audience Advisory
Play contains strong language. Added performances 12/16 & 1/6 @ 7 pm; 12/23 & 12/28 @ 2 pm
Age Guidance: 13
Show Notes
1 Intermission


Four ADA compliant viewing locations with companion seating. Transfer optional.
Orchestra on ground level. Lower lounge, front and rear mezzanine reached only by stairs.
There are no elevators or escalators at this theatre.
Valet parking lot: North side of street between Broadway & 8th Ave. Vans enter on 46th St. Valet parking garage: South side of 45th St.(east of Shubert Alley) between Broadway & 8th Ave. No vans.
Curb Ramps
(2.5" lip) SW corner of 45th St. & Broadway; NW corner 45th St. & Broadway.
Double doors in series: 1st set (each 28.5") has one pair of automatic doors from 45th St. to Ticket Lobby with push-button control, incline up to 2nd set (each 28", attended by ushers) to Orchestra.
Box Office
Ticket lobby. Counters 43". Accessible pass-through with writing shelf at 32". Assistance available.
Womens and Mens: Lower lounge. Down nineteen steps with continuous handrails. Wheelchair accessible restroom off premises. Assistance available.
Water Fountain
Lower lounge, in restrooms.
Lower lounge. Coin slot at 54". Cord 29". Volume control. TTY, shelf and electric outlet.
Assisted Listening System
Reservations are not necessary. Drivers license or ID with printed address required as a deposit. Please call: (212) 582-7678 to reserve in advance.
Visual Assistance
Low vision seats available for puchase in person, online, or over the phone.
Folding Armrests
Nine row-end seats with folding armrests.



Although it won a Pulitzer Prize during a fairly lean period for American playwriting, Mr. Coburn’s play cannot exactly be called an Everest of contemporary drama. Still, it proves a sturdy, humming vehicle, its gentle comedy undergirded by dark emotional coloring. Onstage for virtually all of its two-hour running time, Mr. Jones and Ms. Tyson draw out all its nuances, as Weller and Fonsia bicker and make nice over a card table. These two superlative performers establish beyond doubt, if we needed any reminding, that great talent is ageless and ever-rewarding.

-----New York Times
Critics have contended that The Gin Game is a gimmick that relies too much on such memorably starry performances. The latter may be true of this production — the acting really is magnificent — but Leonard Foglia's smart direction helps to draw out Coburn's underlying themes, proving this play to be much more than a mere card trick. 

In addition to Jones and Tyson, who do have the advantage of sitting for much of their on-stage time, there's another truly standout production feature. It's Riccardo Hernandez's set. Along with a handy card table and a couple of chairs for the card players to occupy, he's piled any number of discarded wheelchairs and walkers against the upstage wall.Those are a constant reminder that though they were once used, their owners are no longer around. Somehow keeping death as a constant adds vitality to the energetic Jones and Tyson.

-----Huffington Post