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See six exclusive photos of the Broadway cast of 'The Realistic Joneses'

Marking Will Eno’s first play to hit Broadway (his acclaimed mini-opus The Open House plays Off Broadway through this Sunday), The Realistic Joneses proves to be one of the unbeatable ensembles of the theater season, with its talented brood all making much-awaited returns: Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall back on the boards for the first time in 12 years (since a short stint as Billy Flynn in Chicago), co-star Toni Collette (The United States of Tara) in her first NYC stage role since wowing us with her singing chops in The Wild Party in 2000, Oscar winner Marisa Tomei strutting her stuff since a great turn as explorer Isabella Bird in the 2008 revival of Top Girls, and though it’s only been one year for Tracy Letts since his last performance — a shattering George in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? that won him a richly-deserved Tony — was such a doozy we couldn’t wait to see him again (even though a great villainous role on Homeland this past fall certainly helped us wait).

Directed by Sam Gold, The Realistic Joneses is quirky writer Eno’s contemplative stab at suburbia, with two couples, Bob and Jennifer Jones (Letts and Collette) and John and Pony Jones (Hall and Tomei), facing various crossroads and deadpan realizations via Eno’s signature non-sequitur style of character writing. The play opens on Broadway on April 6, but get your sneak peek at six exclusive pics of the cast right here. I mean, really — you couldn’t ask for cooler neighbors (or, if the play is as deceptive as Eno’s others, could you?). READ FULL STORY

Meet the stars of Broadway's 'The Realistic Joneses' -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK

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Michael C. Hall. Toni Collette. Marisa Tomei. Tracy Letts. All in the same Broadway play. Say it with me now, loud and proud: MUST-SEE. Right?

In what’s sure to be the ensemble of the season, with enough entertainment awards between its cast members to fill Radio City Music Hall, the quartet tackle a new relationship comedy about two pairs of neighbors who have more in common than initially thought, in the long-awaited Main Stem debut for much-admired playwright Will Eno.

EW has an exclusive look at the press event for the cast and creators, all of whom are excited to be tackling Broadway again after considerable hiatuses. (The sole exception is Letts, who rightfully claimed last year’s Best Actor in a Play Tony for his unforgettable take on George in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). The play arrives off of excellent reviews from the 2012 Yale Repertory Theatre production (only Letts is a holdover from that cast, which also starred Parker Posey), and director Sam Gold (Seminar) is fast becoming one of the envied go-to directors of stellar ensemble plays, with The Real Thing starring Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal next up on his docket this fall.

Click on the video below to hear more from the company of The Realistic Joneses, which will begin previews at the Lyceum Theatre on March 13 with an opening night of April 6. You can find the show’s official website here. READ FULL STORY

I'm Still Not Over... 'United States of Tara' getting canceled

Some shows stay on the air for so long, there’s seemingly no end in sight (Grey’s Anatomy, I’m looking at you), and others, like United States of Tara, leave us far too soon. The Showtime dramedy focused on a woman with dissociative identity disorder (what you may know as multiple personality disorder) and how she and her family deal with her many alters. And after three seasons on the air, it was canceled.

Mental illness isn’t something usually depicted on television in a realistic, humanizing way, if it’s even depicted at all. But United States of Tara gave the television world a show that was all about mental illness and all about, in a way, normalizing mental illness. Tara’s a mom and a wife and a sister and a student and an occasionally working woman. She’s functioning. It just so happens that when she gets overwhelmed, she morphs into one of her alters (ranging from a male troublemaker to a wannabe Stepford Wife). To us viewers who may not have experience with dissociative identity disorder, we may be surprised each time it happens. How did this mom just turn into a crop-top-wearing teen? But to Tara’s family, it’s just a part of Tara. They’ve figured out what to do when each alter comes out, and even have individual relationships with them, going as far as to express joy when Alice, the tidy one, comes back or when T, the teenager, appears. It’s a giant lesson in acceptance and an even bigger lesson in understanding — both areas we could all use a little help in. READ FULL STORY

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