Paula Vogel’s “Indecent” will close on Broadway on June 25.
The play was Vogel’s Broadway debut. Director Rebecca Taichman, who co-created the show with Vogel, won this year’s Tony Award for best direction of a play.
“Indecent” isn’t the only play to announce an early closing following the Tony Awards. Lynn Nottage’s “Sweat,” also her Broadway debut, and the star-studded revival of John Guare’s “Six Degrees of Separation” will both close before the end of June.
Fans of “Indecent” need not despair, despite the closure of the Broadway production. Regional productions, as Playbill reported, are already scheduled for a number of cities in the United States, including Minneapolis, Chicago, and Boston, as well as for Tel Aviv and Toronto.
Vogel, commenting on Twitter, laid blame at the feet of New York Times theater critics Ben Brantley and Jesse Green for the closing of “Indecent” and “Sweat.”
Brantley&Green 2-0. Nottage&Vogel 0-2. Lynn, they help close us down,&gifted str8 white guys run: ourplayswill last.B&G#footnotesinhistory.— Paula Vogel (@VogelPaula) June 14, 2017
“Lynn, they help close us down,&gifted str8 [sic] white guys run,” she wrote.
Brantley, reviewing “Indecent,” wrote that the production was “deflatingly earnest” and lacked “the lightning-struck stratosphere of the play it portrays.” Green, reviewing “Sweat” for New York Magazine prior to becoming the Times’s co-chief theater critic, wrote that while the play was well-researched and had good intentions, “What it isn’t, I’m sorry to say, is a great play.”