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The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin

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The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin, Laura Pels Theatre, NYC Show Poster
Laura Pels Theatre

111 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036

1hr, 40mins
0 Intermission
Important Dates
May 31, 2013
Jun 27, 2013
Aug 25, 2013
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Roundabout Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Steven Levenson's drama about the price of love.


Christopher Denham on the Surprising Thrill of the Family Drama <i>The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin</i>


David Morse as Tom Durnin and Rich Sommer as Chris Wyatt in The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin.

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What Is the Story of The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin?
After white collar businessman Tom Durnin finishes his jail sentence for an unspecified financial crime, he shows up on his son James’ doorstop, despite James’ reluctance to let him in. Meanwhile, James is busy rebuilding his own life and finding out that he may be more like his father than he thought. Can Tom win back the family that worked so hard to move on without him?


Critics’ Reviews

It’s hard to focus on anyone else whenever David Morse is on stage. In two-character scenes, he invades the other person’s space and stares them down, wears them down, tears them down until he gets his way with them.

Review by Marilyn Stasio from Variety

Levenson's script...puts a magnifying glass up to the experience of an American family... As Tom and James' relationship comes to a head, the free-form play finally comes into focus and proves worth the wait.

Review by Hayley Levitt from Theatermania

Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin Like?
The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin is part family drama, part lighthearted romance and part cautionary financial tale. At times, it’s equal parts comedy and tragedy. Durnin is a modern play with contemporary themes of redemption and familial responsibility, which come to life through the excellent performances of David Morse as a recently incarcerated white collar worker and Christopher Denham as his aloof son.

Is The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin Good for Kids?
This occasionally heavy drama is fine for teens, but perhaps a little too adult for kids under 13.