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Other Desert Cities

Booth Theatre

2hrs, 15mins (1 Intermission)

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Brooke Wyeth, a once promising novelist, returns home after a six year absence to celebrate Christmas in Palm Springs with her parents, former members of the Reagan inner circle, her ...

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222 West 45th Street
New York, NY
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On Sale
Sep 06, 2011
Oct 12, 2011
Nov 03, 2011
Jun 17, 2012

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What Is the Story of Other Desert Cities?
Set in Palm Springs over Christmas weekend, Other Desert Cities centers on the powerful Wyeth family. Patriarch Lyman, an actor-turned-ambassador during the Reagan administration, and matriarch Polly, a former screenwriter, are set to celebrate the holidays with their adult children. Without informing her parents, daughter Brooke Wyeth, a once-promising novelist, has written a memoir exposing painful family secrets. Her brother, Trip, the creator of a hit TV reality series, tries to stay out of the crossfire as their alcoholic aunt, Polly’s sister Silda, eggs Brooke on. In a series of confrontations, the Wyeths sift through conflicting memories of the past and face serious choices about how to go forward.


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We've all heard this scenario before: Family members gather for a fraught holiday reunion in which embarrassing family secrets – lubricated by booze and resentment – tumble out. But Jon Robin Baitz has taken that cliche and somehow made it vibrant in Other Desert Cities.... The script crackles with life and so do the performances.

Review by Mark Kennedy from Associated Press

Like all the great desert tribes of antiquity, Palm Springs Republicans deserve their own sacred text. Jon Robin Baitz, a gay liberal humanist, has delivered them a doozy with Other Desert Cities, his off-Broadway hit, which has now ripened admirably on Broadway. Power, passion, and superbly crafted palaver stippled with blowdarts of wit—this is what Baitz (The Substance of Fire, TV’s Brothers and Sisters) does best.

Review by Scott Brown from New York Magazine

All family reunions should be this satisfying. Having spent months apart and suffered losses that might have leveled a less resilient clan, the Wyeths of Other Desert Cities have reassembled on Broadway at the Booth Theater, and absence and adversity (as they’re supposed to but so seldom do) have made them closer than ever. This means they have even more power to nurture, delight and wound one another and, not incidentally, move to tears anyone who visits them. Cities, directed with a masterly combination of shadow and shimmer by Joe Mantello, emerges as stronger, more sincere and more credible in its Broadway reincarnation.

Review by Ben Brantley from The New York Times


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Brooke Wyeth
Lyman Wyeth
Silda Grauman
Trip Wyeth


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Written by
Jon Robin Baitz
Joe Mantello
Set Designer
John Lee Beatty
Costume Designer
David Zinn
Lighting Designer
Kenneth Posner
Sound Designer
Jill BC DuBoff