By Tulis McCall

Happy Talk by Jesse Eisenberg is a trixter of a play.  Six characters caught in a Spill and Spell Jar without a lot to say for themselves.  Everyone lives in a private sad cell, and it seems there are no visiting hours in this prison.  So naturally the inmates start getting up to no good.  Not everyone knows to watch their back.  Even we don’t see it until too late.  When we are finally let in, however, we are exhausted from the effort we have expended tracking the comings and goings.  In the end there is no end.  Lights come down.  We go home.  Read full review here.

Happy Talk by Jesse Eisenberg; Directed by Scott Ellis

WITH – Marin Ireland (Ljuba), Tedra Millan (Jenny), Daniel Oreskes (Bill), Nico Santos (Ronny) and Susan Sarandon(Lorraine).

Scenic Design by Derek McLane, Costume Design by Clint Ramos, Lighting Design by Jeff Croiter and Sound Design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen.

Produced by The New Group. A limited Off-Broadway engagement is slated through June 16 at The Pershing Square Signature Center (The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street), with Running Time 1 hour 40 minutes no intermission.