‘Fairview’ Will Return to the New York Stage

After a successful run at the 73-seat Soho Rep theater last summer, Jackie Sibblies Drury’s acclaimed play “Fairview” will return to challenge audiences in a bigger space this June.

The play, which both chief theater critics for The New York Times named among the year’s top 10 productions, will be remounted at Theater for a New Audience’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center, in Brooklyn, from June 2 to June 30.

The return engagement marks the second time that the Polonsky’s 299-seat main stage has hosted a play that originated at Soho Rep, following “An Octoroon,” Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s formally inventive comedy about race and American history, which ran at the Polonsky in 2015.

On its face, “Fairview” is about an extended black family preparing for an important dinner. The tone starts off light and the plot stays within the confines of a family comedy. But as the play progresses, the mood shifts and the assumptions it invites are turned on their heads.

“You begin watching by feeling mildly amused, then uneasy, then annoyed, then unsettled,” Ben Brantley wrote in his review for the Times. “And then abruptly you’re free-falling down a rabbit hole, and there’s no safe landing in sight.”

“Fairview,” which was directed by Sarah Benson, Soho Rep’s artistic director, was extended three times there. The play moved to Berkeley Repertory Theater, which co-commissioned it, in October.

Casting for the new production has not been announced. But the play’s much-discussed staging will be retained and adapted for the Polonsky, according to a publicist for the show.

Ms. Drury’s new play, “Marys Seacole,” begins previews at Lincoln Center Theater on Feb. 9.

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