created by The Mad Ones in collaboration with Amy Staats and Stacey Yen
It’s 1988, and the planning committee for Garrison High School’s ninth annual Miles For Mary Telethon is fired up and ready to go. Across subcommittee sessions in the Phys Ed teachers' lounge, Drama Desk-nominated The Mad Ones assemble an analog elegy to the camcorder 1980s, Girls Track and Field, and the consecrated American High School.
Presented by The Bushwick Starr October-November 2016.
"...this meticulous creation from The Mad Ones theater troupe would send you bolting for the exit, screaming, if it weren’t so funny and unexpectedly touching." - Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“Miles for Mary,” which is set in an Ohio high school office where a group of teachers conduct a series of preparatory meetings for a charity television marathon, provides an ideal showcase for this company’s strengths. As directed by Lila Neugebauer, with a precision-tuned six-member cast, the production cannily uses interactive acting to plumb the dysfunction in group dynamics."- Ben Brantley, The New York Times
"...As someone who grew up in Northeast Ohio in the 1980s, I totally appreciated returning to Northeast Ohio in the 1980s in the Mad Ones’ “Miles for Mary,” at the Bushwick Starr. Set in a high school teachers’ lounge, the production nailed the nostalgia-inducing props (a massive Apple desktop computer), costumes (acid-wash jeans) and music. “Don’t Dream It’s Over” never sounded so sweet." Memorable Theater of 2016: Twining Twins, Bathroom Sex and Cod Kisses, ERIK PIEPENBURG, The New York Times
"...Miles for Mary is being run in our honor and memory. And so, to approximate the words of the immortal Crowded House, “Go now, go now.” Don't dare dream it's over." - Helen Show, TimeOut NY, 5 STARS
"Your troubles lift from your shoulders while you're watching the Mad Ones show Miles for Mary, a bittersweet comedy about high-school committee work in 1989... Essentially, it's pure delight, an easy way to pay a few bucks for radiating pleasure."- Helen Show, TimeOut NY, 5 STARS
"...tilting almost imperceptibly from spoof to heartbreak, and then, in a climactic scene that commences with a failed tutorial on a new set of speakerphones, descending precipitously into a remarkable five-way argument that is so absurd and yet so plausible that it feels like an education in itself."- The New Yorker
Fall's Must See Plays | Helen Shaw
"For perfect period-specific melancholy, there has been no better company than the Mad Ones, the superb Off-Off-Broadway troupe that devised The Essential Straight & Narrow (heartbreak at a Seventies highway motel) and The Tremendous Tremendous (heartbreak at the 1939 World's Fair). Now the team, which includes exquisite performers like Joe Curnutte, Marc Bovino, and Stephanie Wright Thompson, brings the tragicomic Miles for Mary to the Bushwick Starr, diving into the 'camcorder' Eighties with all the deliciously terrible hair and jeans choices that implies. My hopes are as high as my newly sprayed bangs."
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"HEARTY PARTY A chicken, a mermaid, a sad clown and a Navajo chief crowd a motel room in New Mexico, boozing and dancing and bobbing for apples. Riotous and melancholy, this Halloween bacchanal at the close of the Mad Ones’ The Essential Straight & Narrow lets the good times roll and then, as evening collapses into morning, the bad ones, too."-ALEXIS SOLOSKI
Photo Top: The Essential Straight & Narrow/ Fitz Patton/Chance Magazine, Photo Bottom: The Mad Ones / Self Portrait