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Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre

Tom Durnin did the time for his white-collar crime. Now, he’s determined to win back the respect he believes he deserves—even if that means ripping apart the new life his family has so carefully put together in his absence. Tom’s son warily allows his father to camp out on his couch, hoping the man who let everyone down has finally turned a new page. After a lifetime of empty promises, can Tom find a place in a family that has worked so hard to move on without him?

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Performances ended on Aug. 25, 2013.

Previews May 31, 2013
Opening Jun 27, 2013
Closing Aug 25, 2013

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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

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