Relatively Speaking (play anthology)

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Relatively Speaking
File:Relatively Speaking (play anthology).jpg
Softcover edition
Written by Ethan Coen, Elaine May, and Woody Allen
Date premiered October 20, 2011 (2011-10-20)
Place premiered Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City
Original language English
Genre Comedy

Relatively Speaking is an anthology produced on Broadway in 2011, consisting of three plays: Talking Cure by Ethan Coen, George is Dead by Elaine May and Honeymoon Motel by Woody Allen.


It opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on October 20, 2011 and closed on January 29, 2012, after 118 regular performances. All three were directed by John Turturro.[1][2] The plays were produced by Julian Schlossberg and Letty Aronson (Allen’s sister).[3]


The three plays were cast as follows:[4]

Talking Cure: Jason Kravits (Doctor), Danny Hoch (Jerry), Max Gordon Moore (Attendant), Allen Lewis Rickman (Father) and Katherine Borowitz (Mother).[5] The play involves a therapist treating a mentally ill family member.

George Is Dead: Lisa Emery (Carla), Marlo Thomas (Doreen), Grant Shaud (Michael), Patricia O’Connell (Nanny), Alan Rickman (Funeral Director) and Max Gordon Moore (Assistant Funeral Director).[6] The play considers "the hilarity of death."[2]

Honeymoon Motel: Steve Guttenberg (Jerry Spector), Ari Graynor (Nina Roth), Grant Shaud (Eddie), Caroline Aaron (Judy Spector), Julie Kavner (Fay Roth), Mark Linn-Baker (Sam Roth), Richard Libertini (Rabbi Baumel), Jason Kravits (Dr. Brill), Danny Hoch (Sal Buonacotti) and Bill Army (Paul Jessup).[7] The plot involves an unusual wedding, and takes place in a motel on a highway.


Woody Allen said of the plays: “It’s a broad comedy, for laughs, no redeeming social value." The plays are described as involving various family members.[3]

Santo Loquasto "designed sets for each play that suggest each author’s film persona." The design for the Allen play is a "colorful, comical design for the motel, with its circular bed and pink Jacuzzi."[8]


  1. Healy, Patrick. "'Relatively Speaking' to Close at the End of the Month" The New York Times, January 4, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Gans, Andrew. "'Relatively Speaking' Will End Broadway Run Jan. 29", January 4, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 " Relatively Speaking , Triple Bill by Woody Allen, Ethan Coen & Elaine May, Headed for Broadway", May 17, 2011
  4. Isherwood, Christopher. "Review" The New York Times, October 21, 2011
  5. Talking Cure (vault), accessed March 8, 2016
  6. George is Dead" (vault), accessed March 8, 2016
  7. Honeymoon Motel (vault), accessed March 8, 2016
  8. McGrath, Douglas. "Three for the Seesaw" Vanity Fair (excerpt), November 2011