A Weekend in New York: Benjamin Markovits (Prince Street)
Where: McNally Jackson
52 Prince St.
212-274-1160 Price: Free
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Paul Essinger is a mid-ranking tennis professional on the ATP tour. His girlfriend Dana is an ex-model and photographer, and the mother of their two-year-old son, Cal. Together they form a tableau of the contented upper-middle-class New York family. But summer storms are blowing through Manhattan, and Paul’s parents have come to stay in the build-up to the US Open. Over the course of the weekend, several generations of domestic tension are brought to boiling point . . .
What does it mean to be a family? To be an individual? And how do we deal with the responsibilities these roles impose upon us? A Weekend In New York intertwines the politics of the household and the state to forge a luminous national portrait on a deceptively local scale. Recalling some of America’s most celebrated novelists–this is John Updike’s Rabbit for a new generation–Benjamin Markovits’ writing reminds us of the heights that social realism can reach.Buy tickets/get more info now