The Sabbath Girl

Archived Show


Produced by:
Penguin Rep Theatre, in association with Morton Wolkowitz and Joseph Grosso
February 11 - March 08, 2020
Run Time:
1 Hour, 20 Minutes
Showing in Theater
$35 (Members $26)

Show Info

By Cary Gitter
Directed by Joe Brancato

Angie Mastrantoni has a lot going for her: a job at a hip art gallery, a new apartment on the Upper West Side, but not much time or hope for relationships. Then her neighbor Seth, a divorced Orthodox Jew with a knish store on the Lower East Side, knocks on her door.

A brand new romantic comedy from the company behind After, Small World, and Freed. Written by Cary Gitter, a two-time O’Neill semifinalist and Jewish Plays Project finalist, The Sabbath Girl explores the loneliness of big-city life and the possibility of finding love next door.

Photo Caption: Angelina Fiordellisi and Lauren Annunziata in THE SABBATH GIRL
Photo: Carol Rosegg
Photo Caption: Lauren Annunziata and Ty Molbak in THE SABBATH GIRL
Photo: Carol Rosegg
Photo Caption: Lauren Annunziata and Jeremy Rishe in THE SABBATH GIRL
Photo: Carol Rosegg
Photo Caption: Lauren Annunziata and Jeremy Rishe in THE SABBATH GIRL
Photo: Carol Rosegg
Photo Caption: Lauren Annunziata and Lauren Singerman in THE SABBATH GIRL
Photo: Carol Rosegg
Photo Caption: Jeremy Rishe and Lauren Singerman in THE SABBATH GIRL
Photo: Carol Rosegg
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Producing Company

Penguin Rep Theatre

Under the dynamic leadership of founding Artistic Director Joe Brancato and Executive Director Andrew M. Horn, Penguin Rep has grown in 40 years from a summer theater in a converted 1880’s hay barn in Stony Point, NY to become one of the Hudson Valley’s most influential nonprofit cultural institutions. Hailed by The New York Times as “the gutsiest little theatre” and by as a theater that “continues to astonish,” Penguin now reaches tens of thousands of theatergoers each year at its home theater upstate, in New York City, and beyond – with plays and productions premiered by Penguin moving to Off Broadway and to stages across the country and around the world.

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“Gitter has created something genuine and his characters ring true and possess an earnestness that is in seriously short supply these days.” – Broadway World

"It is refreshing to see the young writer Cary Gitter unabashedly dive into a genre as rare onstage as it is popular onscreen."
"Rishe stands out with his endearing portrayal of a nebbishy romantic." – New York Times

"Superb direction"
"Lively, well-paced, delightful"
"This is no spoiler alert. You will just have to see this endearing romantic comedy."
"The ensemble brings home the laughter seamlessly"
"THE SABBATH GIRL is just what is needed to brighten our hearts and spirits during the doldrums of February." –NYC Skyline

"Stellar acting."
"A sweet, light easy-to-digest, soothing and satisfying morsel." –Theater Is Easy

"The cast is ideal."
"A universally appealing play that we are sure our readers will enjoy." –BroadwayWorld

"This variation on that tried and true theme is especially charming, not only becuase it is very well-written but because the play's entire ensemble cast is simply terrific." –A Seat on the Aisle

"I found it impossible not to tear up pleasurably, both while reading it and watching it" –TheaterPizzazz/Theater's Leiter Side

"THE SABBATH GIRL unfolds gently. Conversation is well written."
"The well cast company boasts particularly natural, sympathetic star-crossed lovers."
"Joe Brancato directs with a light hand." – Woman Around Town

"Comfort-food romantic comedy"
"What better time for a lighthearted 90-minutes rom-com?" – NY Stage Review 

"Annunziata keeps us engaged and entertained throughout, with charm and natural warmth" –NY Stage Review

"An endearing, gentle, romantic, charming and heartwarming modern love story" –The Front Row Center

"Gitter's premise is an entertaining one"
"Annunziata is a delight to watch" –TheaterMania

"Playwright Gitter has brought a sweet, old-fashioned sensibility to this tale about finding the right person to share your life."
"Joe Brancato's direction is very strong; he adroitly mixes the comic, dramatic, and romantic elements in the story."
"A heartfelt tale about trying to find that person you are meant to be with, THE SABBATH GIRL perfectly delivers its message on every level." –Epoch Times

"Lauren Annunziata – smiling but brisk and businesslike –and Jeremy Rishe –at once eager and uncomfortable –share a pleasant chemistry, making it easy to root for them." – Lighting and Sound America

"This is the play I've been waiting for"
"A sweet romantic comedy"
"The acting was superb"
"This is the kind of wonderful love story like Crossing Delancey that I find so appealing." – HiDrama

"Sometimes breezy escapism like this is a welcome change to the daily mishegas that bombards us." – Manhattan Digest