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The first Broadway production of Kenneth Lonergan’s play about the final years of a generous, chatty and feisty grandmother’s final battle against Alzheimer’s disease. Elaine May played Gladys, an old-school lefty and longtime owner of a small art gallery in Greenwich Village. The play explores her fight to retain her independence and the subsequent effect of her decline on her family, especially her grandson (Lucas Hedges).


John Golden Theatre


Oct. 25, 2018


Jan. 27, 2019


Kenneth Lonergan


In recent years, three of playwright Kenneth Lonergan’s Off Broadway plays from the same era—about two decades ago—have been had their Broadway premieres: This Is Our Youth (Off Broadway, 1996/Broadway, 2014), Lobby Hero (2001/2018), and The Waverly Gallery (2000/2018).

Leading the cast of this memory play were Elaine May, who rose to fame as half of the comic duo Nichols & May (with Tony Award-winning director Mike Nichols) and then became a celebrated playwright and filmmaker; and Lucas Hedges, an Oscar-nominee for his performance in Lonergan's film drama Manchester by the Sea, in his Broadway debut.


Lonergan’s play premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts in the summer of 1999, starring Eileen Heckart. An Off Broadway production followed in the spring of 2000 again starring Eileen Heckart, with Josh Hamilton as Daniel. This is the play’s first Broadway staging.