21 Nov 2017by punbandhu1

The Treasurer, Playwrights Horizons


World Premiere by Max Posner

Directed by David Cromer

Playwrights Horizons

About the Play: Ida Armstrong is broke, lonely, and fading fast. And she’s spending all of her children’s money, forcing her son to assume the unwanted role of The Treasurer: an arrangement that becomes untenable the more he questions his devotion to her. In this darkly funny, sharply intimate portrait, Max Posner chronicles the strained ties between a son and his aging mother, and the hell of a guilty conscience.

Marinda Anderson — Allen, others
Pun Bandhu — Jeremy, others
Deanna Dunagan — Ida Armstrong
Peter Friedman — The Son

Scenic Design: Laura Jellinek
Costume Design: David Hyman
Lighting Design: Bradley King
Sound Design: Mikhail Fiksel
Projection Design: Lucy Mackinnon
Wig Design: Leah J. Loukas
Production Stage Manager: Brett Anders

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CRITIC’S PICK! “Max Posner has a sharp and original ear. Impeccably directed by David Cromer. Adroitly balances the everyday and the extreme. Expertly played by Pun Bandhu.”—Ben Brantley, New York Times

CRITIC’S PICK!  TOP TEN OF THE YEAR! A marvel and invaluable new play.  At a moment when the theatrical landscape is dense with new plays that haven’t quite figured out why they’re not TV, The Treasurer arrives as an antidote. —Sara Holdren, New York Magazine

FIVE STARS! “A small gem of a play. Dark, funny, and disturbing. Kudos to  Pun Bandhu managing each character that looked, sounded and acted not at all alike. Bravo” Donna Herman, New York Theatre Guide

CRITIC’S PICK! “Hell in The Treasurer isn’t other people but the lack of them. As Ida slides into dementia, she becomes increasingly isolated, making desperate and inappropriate efforts to connect with strangers (mostly cornered salespeople).  David Cromer’s precise, unsentimental staging gives the play the room it needs to breathe and the actors fill the space he gives them.” Adam Feldman, Time Out New York

“A company of terrific actors.” The New Yorker

“The protean Pun Bandhu. Rich and layered, pathos and humor blend in ways that make the audience squirm.”—Mark Dundas Wood, StageBuddy.com

“David Cromer has directed expertly, blending humor and anger and sadness into a cohesive whole. At one point, Ida calls a number she remembers although she can’t recall to whom it belongs. A guy named Julian (Bandhu) answers, and it becomes clear the number is that of his cellphone and that they have never met. But Cromer keeps the conversation going longer than it probably would in real life. Bandhu’s silences and slow opening up are beautifully played, until Julian and Ida establish a connection. The careful modulation of their unlikely encounter makes the final broken connection especially sad. As emotionally wrenching as the play is, it’s also a marvelous introduction to a young writer with the astonishing talent to convey truths that apply more forcefully to a generation he doesn’t belong to—his ability to empathize so vividly is no small achievement.” Edward Karam, Off Off Online

“Pun Bandhu delightfully portrays a variety of roles. Mr. Bandhu is charming and makes an impact during his recurring appearances.” Darryl Reilly, Theaterscene.net

“Pun Bandhu offers several sharply etched characters, especially a cozily seductive bedding salesman who has to cope with an incontinent Ida” David Barbour, Lighting and Sound America

“Pun Bandhu superbly plays a host of small roles across racial and gender lines.”Cameron Kelsall, Exeunt Magazine

“Then there is a seductive salesman (funny Pun Bandhu, who plays all of the other male roles), who convinces Ida to buy a couple of pillows for only $700. “They are sooo comfortable,” he croons. How can Ida resist?” Diana Barth The Epoch Times 

 “The Treasurer is an engaging new play, wickedly funny and surprisingly surreal, that focuses on a man dealing with an aging parent, his mother, with whom he doesn’t have quite the typical nor loving bond with. Mirinda Anderson (PH’s A Life) and Pun Bandhu (The Public Theater’s Plenty) wonderfully play the two other siblings, Allen and Jeremy, and a host of other characters that come into contact with the Son’s Mother. It’s seamless and fluid, keeping us thoroughly engaged at every turn regardless of how uncomfortable, sad, and funny it all is, and it’s usually all three at the same moments.” —FrontMezzJunkies.com

we see Ida initially as a careless woman but we eventually realize she is as a now-lonely lady whose yearning for any sort of human connection guides her often ill-advised behavior. (Her interactions with a variety of minor characters well played by Marinda Anderson and Pun Bandhu, who also take on the small roles of Ida’s two other children, are among the play’s strongest scenes.) Brian Scott Lipton, Citi Tour

“The performances are gripping.  Theater vets Deanna Dunagan and Peter Friedman take on the roles of Ida and her perpetually challenged Son.  Both give deeply human interpretations despite little new or informative ground.    Dunagan manages to lend freshness to Ida’s all too familiar arc of decline   They are brilliantly supported by Marinda Anderson and Pun Bandhu, color-blind and gender-fluid in multiple roles.  Despite obvious talent, these two can’t quite replicate Ida’s once vibrant social circle. “ The Unforgettable Line

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