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The Best We Could

Manhattan Theatre Club / New York / Stage

The road-trip story and the family drama are two equally American narratives—literary versions of apple pie—and yet, they are different in almost every other way. In the former, the road-tripper searches the world for newness and, more profoundly, the self within. In the latter, home (and its stationary scenery) is a microcosm for prohibitive society, bound by intimate bonds and conflicting loyalties. The Best We Could intertwines these two narratives, taking us on a father-daughter road trip. Their relationship changes as the scene out their window moves from farmland to cityscapes, and tensions both cultural and familial are exposed. From an exciting new playwright, a spin on two tried-and-true tales. —C.J.F.

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Manhattan Theatre Club 131 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019, USA
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