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Tarragon’s Richard Rose talks Realistic Joneses

Thursday, 24 November 2016 15:31

Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore speaks to Tarragon Theatre Artistic Director Richard Rose about his production of “The Realistic Joneses’.

Toronto theatergoers have been enjoying an embarrassment of riches lately when it comes to contemporary stage that has dazzled Broadway. Canadian Stage’s production of the theoretical physics love story ‘Constellations’ is just about to wrap, and Tarragon Theatre’s take on the latest from Brooklyn's Will Eno, “The Realistic Joneses”, continues. His much acclaimed tale of contemporary life recently wrapped in New York.

The Broadway edition of “The Realistic Joneses” featured a stellar cast including Tracy Letts and Toni Collette as one set of Joneses, with Michael C. Hall and Marisa Tomei as the other. The sitcom style storytelling plays with the comedic form but with a melancholic twist that toils over mortality.  Two couples, both Joneses, frolic between small talk and earnest big feelings while navigating a world that has been attacked by a mysterious virus. The new Tarragon production is enjoying a positive response.

Richard Rose is the long-time and Award-winning Artistic Director at Toronto’s contemporary stage hub, Tarragon Theatre. For “The Realistic Joneses”, he once again put on his Directors hat to sink into Eno’s quirky narrative. Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore sat down with Richard Rose in the JAZZ.FM91 studios for a conversation about Tarragon, and its latest production.

The Realistic Joneses continues at Tarragon Theatre through December 18th. Visit for tickets and timing. The show runs 1h 40minutes with no intermission.

Senior Arts Editor Mark Wigmore is heard at 8:40 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays during the JAZZ.FM91 Arts Report. And don’t miss his arts and culture interview and entertainment magazine program, Arts Toronto, Sundays between 8-9 a.m.

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