The Roommate

By Jen Silverman
Directed by Spiro Veloudos
Scenic Design by Jenna McFarland Lord
Costume Design by Tobi Rinaldi
Lighting Design by Chris Hudacs
Sound Design & Original Music by Dewey Dellay
Production Stage Manager: Diane McLean

Season sponsored by Barry Bluestone, Lee and Diana Humphrey, and
Production sponsored by Richard & Sally Zeckhauser
Director Spiro Veloudos sponsored by Hugh & Deborah Gelch

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Summary

Sharon, middle-aged and recently divorced, welcomes a roommate into her Iowa home:  Robyn, a free-spirited, mysterious lesbian slam poet from the Bronx who’s looking to start over.  But as Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets while sharing music, books, and an occasional toke, she discovers a deep-seated desire to transform her own life.

It’s a subversive, absorbing comedy about what it takes to re-route your life – and what happens when the wheels come off.

“Deeply satisfying” – Boston Globe

“Tugs at the heartstrings and tickles the funny bone.” – Louisville.com

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Why³ with Spiro Veloudos: The Roommate

We sat down with Spiro to learn more about why he chose to direct The Roommate this season! Why this play? Jen Silverman is an amazing writer and this play seemed right for us. I also get to work with some of the wealth of women actors (of a certain age) here in Boston. Why the Lyric Stage?It’s my home and…

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How Funny (Or Terrifying) Would It Be If You Tried To Turn Your Life Around?

Chatting with Adrianne  Krstansky and Paula Plum What Lyric Stage shows have you appeared in before?Adrianne Krstansky: Barbecue and November.Paula Plum: Too many to count, starting in 1975 when I was still in collegeand in one of the first Lyric Stage shows. And of course, manydirected by Spiro: Death of a Salesman, Sideman, 33 Variations,Blythe Spirit. What excites you about…

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A First Look at the set of The Roommate

The cast just got a first look at the set of The Roommate. Enjoy this sneak preview! Scenic design by Jenna McFarland Lord. The Roommate opens October 19th Sharon, middle-aged and recently divorced, needs a roommate to share her Iowa home.  Robyn needs a place to hide and a chance to start over.  But as Sharon begins to uncover Robyn’s secrets while sharing music,…

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Cast & Crew

Adrianne Krstansky* – Robyn

Adrianne Krstansky* (Robyn) appeared at Lyric Stage in Barbecue and November.  Her Boston area credits include Doll’s House, Come Back Little Sheba (Elliot Norton, IRNE Awards) (Huntington Theatre), Paradise Lost, Britannicus,Ubu Rock (American Repertory Theater), Blackberry WinterImagining Madoff, On the Verge, Holiday Memories, Three Viewings, 2.5 Minute Ride (New Rep) and Every Brilliant Thing, TribesSnakebit (SpeakEasy Stage).  She has also appeared at Gloucester Stage Company, Boston Playwrights, Israeli Stage and regionally at the Steppenwolf Theater and La Jolla Playhouse.  Film credits:  Burning WomanOlive Kitteridge  (HBO), and The Company Men.

Press & Reviews

“Directed by Spiro Veloudos, The Roommate is an irresistible treat featuring two beloved actresses at the top of their games.”

The Roommate at the Lyric Stage | DigBoston

“Plum’s and Krstansky’s fine performances…elevate the production to a must-see on Boston’s theatrical fall calendar.”

“The juxtaposition between the two women is further enhanced by costume designer Tobi Rinaldi”

An Odd Couple Find Their Footing in The Roommate | Theater Mania

“Plum can pack more into a single line than most actors can in an entire soliloquy. When Sharon, on the phone with her son, says of Robyn that “She’s an interesting person,’’ Plum cracks your heart, just a little bit, with the depth of yearning she evokes in that single adjective, and you sense that Sharon has been waiting her whole life for somebody, especially herself, to be interesting.”

Heeding the call of the wild in Lyric Stage’s ‘The Roommate’ | The Boston Globe

“Veloudos’ staging, set in a busily trimmed Midwestern kitchen designed by Jenna McFarland Lord and abetted by Dewey Dellay’s droll sound design, deftly engineers that collision of everyday and over-the-top”

“Krstansky captures both the deep sadness and the deep kindness at the root of the mysterious and flamboyant, if also euphemistic, Robyn”

In Lyric Stage’s ‘The Roommate,’ Comedy Cohabits With Reinvention | WBUR The ARTery

“Two leading lights of Boston theater, Paula Plum and Adrianne Krstansky”

In ‘The Roommate,’ Paula Plum and Adrianne Krstansky meet their mismatch | The Boston Globe

“A humorously mismatched couple, in the vein of Oscar and Felix in Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple.” By the end, they’ve done a sort of role reversal and entered a danger zone reminiscent of “Breaking Bad.”

Odd-couple comedy-drama ‘The Roommate’ celebrates mid-life reinvention | Wicked Local Whitman

“The Roommate is a wonderful way to learn how to live life to the fullest, now rather than later.”

Setting Boundaries and Breaking Laws | MIT The Tech 

“Plum and Krstansky: a dream team operating in perfect synch with each other”

THE ROOMMATE: Strange Middle-aged Bedfellows | Broadway World

“Pure theatrical comedy gold

Impeccable comic timing of Plum and Krstansky”

Lyric Stage Finds Comedic Gold in ‘The Roommate” | On Boston Stages

Wonderfully human

“Be aware–the ending is startlingly satisfying

‘The Roommate’ | The Everett Independent

“The innocent splash of coffee on the promotional poster does not begin to describe this thrilling drama. With unexpected twists and two exceptional leads, Jen Silverman’s The Roommate is so much more than that.”

REVIEW: Unpredictable, humorous, and insightful, Lyric Stage Company’s ‘The Roommate’ not your average odd couple | The Sleepless Critic

Krstansky brings both confidence and mystery to her conflicted character, imbuing her with a sadness that shapes the play’s final third.”

‘The Roommate’ | Edge Media Network

“Plum conveys that chronic unease masterfully. In fact, this may be my favorite performance by Plum to date. Her transition from suppressed to emboldened is a thing to behold.”

“This a play that starts off as a standard comedy and ends up in a far different place, so if you’re looking for some entertainment with a little bite, The Roommate is a great pick.”

Lyric’s ‘The Roommate’ an ‘Odd Couple’ with Bite | The Theater Mirror

TICKET PRICES

Day Center Section Side Section
Wed Mat $51 $35
Wed/Thur/Fri $67 $47
Sat/Sun $73 $53

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October 19 — November 18
8:00 pm

Runtime is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

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