The Realistic Joneses

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The Realistic Joneses

Will Eno

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  2f, 2m

In The Realistic Joneses, we meet Bob and Jennifer and their new neighbors, John and Pony, two suburban couples who have even more in common than their identical homes and their shared last names. As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities.

The Realistic Joneses

The Realistic Joneses

by  Will Eno

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2f, 2m
  • Duration
    Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Not Applicable
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
Accolades
Accolades
  • Nominee! 2014 Outer Critics Circle Award
    Nominee! 2014 Drama League Award
Description
As their relationships begin to irrevocably intertwine, the Joneses must decide between their idyllic fantasies and their imperfect realities.
History

The Realistic Joneses premiered at the Yale Repertory Theatre under the direction of Sam Gold, before appearing on Broadway in 2014. 

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Cautions
  • Mild Adult Themes

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.


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Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: One of these little towns near the mountains.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

2f, 2m
Cast Attributes
  • Non-Traditional casting
BOB JONES - Jennifer's husband
JENNIFER JONES - Bob's wife
JOHN JONES - Bob and Jennifer's new neighbor; husband to Pony
PONY JONES - Bob and Jennifer's new neighbor; wife to John

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Press

"Playwright Will Eno's relationship with language is one of the most refreshing and energising things you can witness on stage today." - WhatsOnStage

"... deeply felt snapshot of everything that makes us human."- WhatsOnStage

"Plays as funny and moving, as wonderful and weird as The Realistic Joneses, by Will Eno, do not appear often on Broadway. Or ever, really." - The New York Times, Read More

"Mr. Eno’s voice may be the most singular of his generation, but it’s humane, literate and slyly hilarious. He makes the most mundane language caper and dance, revealing how absurd attempts at communication can be. He also burrows into the heart of his characters to reveal the core of their humanity: the fear and loneliness and unspoken love that mostly remains hidden beneath the surface as we plug away at life, come what may...For all the sadness woven into its fabric, The Realistic Joneses brought me a pleasurable rush virtually unmatched by anything I’ve seen this season." - The New York Times, Read More

"Eno’s dialogue is a marvel of compression and tonal control, trivial chitchat flipping into cosmic profundity with striking ease [...] there’s much to savor: the dry but meaningful banter, the joy of humans sharing time and space, battling the darkness with a joke or silence. Life in Enoland isn’t what you’d call realistic — it’s more real than that." - Time Out New York, Read More

"[...] each line is sharply refined with dry wit and packed with underlying meaning. The characters are written with impressive realism [...]" - The Oregonian, Read More 

"Will Eno has written a play of such extraordinary wit and insight, so carefully constructed, it resonates for days. Lines of dialogue peal through your thoughts like distant bells." - Edge Media, Read More

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Authors

Will Eno

Will Eno is a Residency Five Fellow at the Signature Theatre in New York, which presented Title and Deed in 2012 and The Open House in 2014. His new play, Wakey, Wakey, premiered there in February 2017. Following an acclaimed run at Yale Repertory Theatre, his play The Re ...

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