Blintzes, kugel, tzimmes, shav, kreplach—the Catskills resorts of old didnt skimp on hearty, unlimited fare. And Richard Greenbergs underrated 1990 play, The American Plan, set in a Borscht Belt lodge circa 1960, offers a similarly abundant, if rather astringent, repast. In Greenbergs play, now making its Broadway debut, buffets, tennis courts, and mountain views create a mordant backdrop for a series of unhappy love affairs and stunted desires. Greenberg offers a group of characters—played by Lily Rabe, Mercedes Ruehl, Austin Lysy, Benjamin Eakeley, and Brenda Pressley—who cant, or wont, conform to social expectations, with melancholy results. David Grindley, late of Journeys End, directs the Manhattan Theater Club production.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m.; First Tuesday, Sunday of every month, 7 p.m. Starts: Jan. 2. Continues through March 15, 2009