Playwrights Horizons: Grey Gardens, Spatter Pattern by Neal Bell. Recent credits include LaChiusa and Pearson's Giant (Public Theater/Dallas Theater Center); Tony Kushner's Angels in America (Signature Theatre) and The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide... (The Public/Signature); The Winter's Tale and Romeo and Juliet (Delacorte Theater). On Broadway he directed the Pulitzer Prize winning musicals Next to Normal (also at Second Stage/Arena) and Rent (also at NYTW, 1996; NWS, 2011) and Grey Gardens, receiving Tony nominations for each, and Never Gonna Dance. Michael received Obie Awards for Machinal, Rent, and Jessica Hagedorn's Dogeaters. Angels in America received the 2011 Lortel Award for Best Revival (As of May 2013).
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Neal Bell's moody new play is a cautionary tale that could soothe any residual guilt over rank unfriendliness, and that proves the wisdom of obliviousness. Michael Greif's immensely stylish production drenches the writing in noirish atmosphere.—Charles Isherwood, New York Times