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American Airlines Theatre

227 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

2hrs, 5mins
1 Intermission
Important Dates
Dec 14, 2012
Jan 13, 2013
Feb 24, 2013
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Roundabout Theatre Company presents the Broadway revival of William Inge's comedy.


What's Better Than Two Golden Crowns? Mare Winningham Reveals the Answer Backstage at <I>Picnic</I>


Sebastian Stan as Hal Carter and Maggie Grace as Madge Owens in Picnic.

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What Is the Story of Picnic?
The ladies of a small town in Kansas are getting ready for their annual picnic on the last day of summer when a handsome drifter named Hal suddenly appears and captures the attention of the town’s female residents—especially the young, beautiful Madge. Madge and Hal try to fight their attraction, which threatens to throw Madge’s family and future into a wicked spiral. Will Madge choose her safe, sensible boyfriend or the dangerous drifter with a questionable past?

Critics’ Reviews

It’s a pleasure to watch the supposedly supporting cast take ownership of these characters...

Review by Elisabeth Vincentelli from The New York Post

Director Sam Gold does a swell job of conjuring the fabled American epoch when people used the word swell...

Review by Adam Markovitz from Entertainment Weekly

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Picnic Like?
At just over two hours, Picnic is a fast-moving evening that plays largely as a comedy—although don’t be surprised if you find yourself reaching for the tissues during the show’s dramatic second act. William Inge’s Pulitzer Prize-winning slice of life calls into question American values, gender roles and the expectations put upon the country’s young people. Picnic is an inquisitive and thought-provoking classic, bolstered by fresh, powerful performances from a remarkable cast of stage and screen veterans.

Is Picnic Good for Kids?
Though there’s barely any bad language, Picnic features drinking (and its subsequent effects) and some steamy, suggestive onstage interactions between the show’s lovestruck leads. Teens will be able to relate to the younger characters and their struggles as they come of age, but Picnic may not be the right show for children under 13.