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Our Mother's Brief Affair

First Preview: Dec 09, 2015

Opening Date: Dec 28, 2015

Closing Date: Mar 06, 2016

Running Time: 02:05

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Playing @

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

261 W 47th St New York, NY 10036

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Tony and two-time Golden Globe winner Linda Lavin (Collected Stories, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife) returns to MTC in Our Mother’s Brief Affair, a new play making its New York premiere. From the team behind The Assembled Parties – Tony-winning writer Richard Greenberg (Three Days of Rain, Take Me Out) and award-winning MTC Artistic Director Lynne Meadow (The Commons of Pensacola, Wit) – this innovative work challenges us to look at who our parents are when they’re not being our parents.

On the verge of death for the umpteenth time, Anna (Lavin) makes a shocking confession to her grown children: an affair from her past that just might have resonance beyond the family. But how much of what she says is true? While her children try to separate fact from fiction, Anna fights for a legacy she can be proud of. With razor-sharp wit and extraordinary insight, Our Mother’s Brief Affair considers the sweeping, surprising impact of indiscretions both large and small.

Age Guidance

Age Guidance: 16

Show Notes

Show Notes: 1 Intermission

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Quotation Mark

If the playwright Richard Greenberg didn’t write the role for Linda Lavin, he might as well have, so perfectly does it suit and flatter her. It may in fact suit and flatter her too well; sometimes one would like to see Lavin clawing her way out of a role instead of slipping so smoothly into it. Here, she wears Anna as fetchingly as Anna wears the perfectly cut Burberry trench coat she imbues with talismanic powers of mysterious romance.

------New York Magazine

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[Greg] Keller, an exasperated but formidable foil to his mother, narrates most of the story. [Kate] Arrington (“The Qualms”) is believable as the adult daughter who long ago understood she was not mom’s favorite and John Procaccino (Signature’s chilling “Incident at Vichy”) is very good, doing double-duty as both the secretive lover wooing Anna in the park, and Anna’s crotchety husband.

-----NBC NewYork

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Box Office

Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri: Noon to 8 pm Wed: Noon to 8 pm (If there is a matinee, 10 am to 8 pm) Sat: 10 am to 8 pm Sun: 10 am to 7 pm


Central Parking System, 257 West 47th St (Broadway and 8th Ave). Call (212) 262-9778

Directions Bus

M104, M10, M27/M50, M6, M7, or M42


The restrooms are wheelchair accessible and located on the lower level and Mezzanine level.

Directions Subway

N, R, W to 49th St or 1, 9 to 50th St, walk south to 47th St and west to the theatre C, E to 50th St, walk south to 47th St and east to the theatre.


An elevator is available to take you to all levels of the theatre.


On lower and Mezzanine levels.

Water Fountain

Water fountain is accessible at 36" AFF.

Wheelchair Info

8 seats available for wheelchair seating.

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Public Transportation

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By Subway:

N, R, W to 49th St or 1, 9 to 50th St, walk south to 47th St and west to the theatre C, E to 50th St, walk south to 47th St and east to the theatre.

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By Bus:

M104, M10, M27/M50, M6, M7, or M42