this party sucks

Cleo and KJ hole up in a hotel room in between shows. They’re married, they’re both musicians, but KJ’s more successful than Cleo. When they encounter Cass, a younger fan of Cleo’s who works as a towel attendant at the hotel, she sheds light on Cleo’s panic about her career and her marriage. this party sucks is a fluid fever dream examining the artist relationship through gender, competition, and sexuality,...
Cleo and KJ hole up in a hotel room in between shows. They’re married, they’re both musicians, but KJ’s more successful than Cleo. When they encounter Cass, a younger fan of Cleo’s who works as a towel attendant at the hotel, she sheds light on Cleo’s panic about her career and her marriage. this party sucks is a fluid fever dream examining the artist relationship through gender, competition, and sexuality, asking us to examine what it means to love and be loved, to create and be created.
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this party sucks

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  • Adam Szymkowicz:
    2 May. 2019
    Complicated in the best way. Well drawn characters in a fascinating world.
  • Shaun Leisher:
    3 Oct. 2018
    A highly theatrical play that dives deep into the themes of fame, sexism and living in someone’s shadow. Levitsky-Weitz has crafted a character in Cleo that is so layered and unapologetic. It’s a role of a lifetime for a 30 something actress. This play and the relationships that are beautifully and honestly portrayed in it will stay with me for a long time. This play needs to be produced!!
  • Haygen-Brice Walker:
    30 Aug. 2018
    This play is a revelation. "this party sucks" takes the manic-pixie-dream girl/guy trope and flips it on its head. This play is an act of violence: it's sexy, it's gritty, it's mean, it's funny, it's romantic. Through a collection of scenes in and around a hotel room, Levitsky-Weitz doesn't only shed light on three incredibly nuanced humans grappling with celebrity, fame, addiction, love, and jealousy; but she gives us an entire diorama of the history of their relationships. We need more of this in theatre right now: plays that are messy. Life isn't well-made, so why should plays be?

Development History

  • Workshop
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    New York Theatre Workshop
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    2018

Awards

Kilroys List
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2019