Black Lab Theater Current Season
4000 Miles by AMy Herzog

21-year-old Leo arrives unannounced at the Greenwich Village apartment of his 91-year-old Jewish leftist grandmother Vera. As an overnight couch-surf turns into an extended stay, 4000 Miles unearths a surprising commonality between these two generations in this emotionally compelling drama, an insightful look at how two outsiders find their way in today's world.

From one of America's brightest playwrights, this compassionate and unsentimental play explores the funny, frustrating, and ultimately life-changing relationship between a grandson learning to face his life and a grandmother who is starting to forget hers.

"Death steals quietly into a Greenwich Village apartment, like morning sunlight gradually suffusing a darkened room, in 4000 Miles, a funny, moving new play by Amy Herzog. Beneath the plain-wrap surface of this drama about a grandmother and grandson sharing a few weeks of casual cohabitation lies a quiet meditation on mortality. But it's hardly a downer: Ms. Herzog's altogether wonderful drama also illuminates how companionship can make life meaningful, moment by moment, in death's discomforting shadow."

- New York Times

"Playwright Amy Herzog has put plenty of articulate, emotionally resonant dialogue in the mouths of Vera and Leo, the grandson who drops in unexpectedly late one night at the end of a cross-country bike odyssey. Herzog's wonderful play about growing up and finding home has only ripened over time, with the actors sinking more deeply into roles they already inhabited so completely. 4000 Miles is one of the best, bravest plays of the season. See it, no matter how far you must travel."

- Time Out New York

"The manchild and his step-grandmother meet at the center of Herzog's play, which as much as anything is about the surprising contours one adjusts to on the circuitous paths to commitment and purpose. What's admirable about 4000 Miles is also what's elusive: It's difficult to pin down exactly why it's so darn appealing, aside from the simple pleasures derived from getting to know Leo and Vera. Come to think of it, they endear themselves to us in much the same way that they grow on each other."

- Washington Post