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Natural Affection, The Beckett Theatre (Theatre Row), NYC Show Poster
The Beckett Theatre (Theatre Row)

410 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

Important Dates
Sep 17, 2013
Sep 26, 2013
Oct 26, 2013
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John Pankow and Kathryn Erbe headline the off-Broadway revival of William Inge's rarely produced play.


<i>Natural Affection</i>’s Alec Beard on Reviving William Inge’s Edgy, Shocking Drama


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What Is the Story of Natural Affection?
Natural Affection tells the story of Sue Barker, who has built a successful career as a department store buyer in 1962 and who lives with (and supports) a younger lover in her small Chicago apartment. The arrival of Sue’s 17-year-old son, Donnie—who was sent to reform school after having spent his childhood in an orphanage—shakes up Sue's relationship with her lover and sets in motion a series of explosive confrontations on a booze-filled Christmas Eve.

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What Is Natural Affection Like?
Natural Affection is a heartbreaking two-act drama performed on a realistic apartment set in off-Broadway’s intimate Beckett Theatre. Written 50 years ago by Pulitzer Prize winner William Inge, the play has something of a Mad Men feel and is anchored by a lead performance from Law & Order: Criminal Intent star Kathryn Erbe as neglectful mother Sue. A feeling of foreboding follows these characters, who long for connection but are trapped by choices made long ago.

Is Natural Affection Good for Kids?
The play is not appropriate for children under 16. It’s an adult drama through and through, with sexual themes, adult language and violence.