The Assembled Parties
By RICHARD GREENBERG
The Assembled Parties introduces us to the Bascovs, an Upper West Side Jewish family in 1980. Former movie star Julie Bascov and her sister-in-law Faye bring their families together for their traditional holiday dinner. Twenty years later, the Bascovs’ seemingly picture-perfect life may be about to crumble. A stunning play infused with humor, The Assembled Parties is an incisive portrait of a family grasping for stability at the dawn of a new millennium — “an often hilarious, bittersweet” play, says Theatermania.
“It’s as if Richard Greenberg had looked at the traditional Jewish family comedy and said ‘Yes-but what else is going on here?’ And AMAZINGLY, the terrible sadness of that ‘what else’ just makes the comedy FUNNIER.”
—New York Magazine