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‘Impressionism’ Brings Irons and Allen Back to Broadway


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Jeremy Irons

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About This Show:

Impressionism, a new, original play making its world premiere on Broadway, marks the return to The Great White of many of its participants.

In Impressionism, playwright Michael Jacobs has his first new play on Broadway in 21 years. It also marks the return to the stage of Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen, both of whom are Tony Award winners.

The play is about a world-hopping photojournalist and a New York gallery owner who, following a night of unexpected intimacy, learn about repairing their own lives.

Who’s Who and What’s What:

You know Michael Jacobs work even if you don’t know you know him. As a 22-year-old, his play Cheaters ran on Broadway in 1978. He went from that success to television, where he produced shows such as Boy Meets World and Charles in Charge. Jacobs had a show off-Broadway in the ’80s, but Impressionism marks his return to Broadway.

Irons and Allen Return:

Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons won a Tony for his first Broadway role playing in The Real Thing in 1984. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Reversal of Fortune.

Joan Allen has extensive New York theater experience and won a Tony for Best Actress in Burn This in 1989. Although she’s been nominated for an Academy Award three times, she may be best known right now for her role as the CIA operative with a conscience in the last two installments of the Bourne trilogy.

Where and When:

  • Schoenfeld Theatre
    236 West 45th
  • Previews: February 28, 2009
  • Opening: March 12, 2009
  • Closed: May 5, 2009
  • Show Run Time: 95 minutes (no intermission)

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