Broadway’s Cost of Living contains priceless life lessons


Have you ever seen a play that takes your breath away? That makes “cost of living”. One of the most compassionate plays you will ever experience, this 2018 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama drama speaks simply about the experiences of being human and the importance of interaction for people. It also makes you see that you should never judge anyone else because all you see is what is on the surface. They have no idea of ​​the struggles people are going through. We humans are also suspicious and on the defensive. What’s frank about this play is that there isn’t a happy ending when a vulnerable character breaks cover, but one that’s more tragic than one can imagine. Playwright Martyna Majok takes the audience into the experiences of four people: a married couple and an employee and her employer.

Majok looks at the elements in life that separate people, such as education, wealth, and our own misconceptions about people based solely on first impressions and outward appearances. Majok has characters with severe disabilities and characters who, while physically healthy, experience fear, anxiety, and stress in their own ways. The characters are Jess, John, Eddie and Ani. This is definitely the kind of game that you need to get into first and foremost as a blank slate and just be willing to absorb the humor, pain, frustrations, and vulnerabilities of these characters.

The cast of four is the most brilliant and compelling cast of actors you will be lucky enough to witness on a Broadway stage. Kara Young as Jess brings a softness, a vibrancy, a sadness, a sense of caring for those around her, and a vulnerability and mystery that they will hold in your heart. Gregg Mozgala is absolutely captivating as John. He brings a sense of truth, openness, defense and vulnerability. It’s stunning to watch as these two characters begin to reveal their layers. David Zayas is an actor you won’t want to take your eyes off of. He approaches this role with a lot of heart, humor, compassion and self-reflection. Katy Sullivan gives Ani every emotion at the highest level. You feel their pain, their fear, their insecurity and their moments of appreciation.

When you watch Cost of Living, you realize that life isn’t just about waking up in the morning, it’s about the quality of life you live while being among others. It’s about the quality of life you experience when you’re alone. The playwright also makes the point that we cannot control what happens in our lives, but we can choose to acknowledge, embrace and bring joy to a moment that might be difficult. “Cost of Living” is a play that contains life lessons that will stay with you for decades to come. Jo Benney delivers an excellent direction. She lets the actors and the audience experience every interaction.

This play is a Manhattan Theater Club Production in association with the Williamstown Theater Festival and will be performed at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater on West 47th Street. The scenic design by Wilson Chin, the costumes by Jessica Pabst, the lighting by Jeff Croiter and the sound by Rob Kaplowitz work together so beautifully and smoothly to bring this story to amazing life.


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