She’s especially transfixing in some excellently written therapy scenes with the great Robin Weigert, whose marriage-counselor character proves a probing foil to Celeste’s deflection. Their scenes are some of the most riveting of the series.
One of the most riveting scenes you’ll see on TV this season is a rather gentle two-hander between Kidman (as lawyer turned stay-at-home mom Celeste Wright) and longtime character actress hero Robin Weigert as her therapist. On paper, not much happens. The therapist is trying to convince Celeste to do something Celeste doesn’t want to do. But to watch Kidman dance around all of Celeste’s layers of self-defense and denial is to be reminded how much an actor can elevate rote material.
What it’s about: At a dinner party in the wilds of New Jersey, two married couples discuss a younger acquaintance—a polyamorous woman who also hunts her own meat. Fascinated, they invite this mysterious woman and her two live-in boyfriends to a New Year’s Eve party, which alters the course of their lives. How To Transcend A Happy Marriage asks: how much love can a twosome contain? What are the limits of friendship, and what happens when parents who have forgotten their own wildness have a wild rumpus all their own?
Directed by Rebecca Taichman
Starring: Lena Hall and Marisa Tomei
Also starring Brian Hutchison, David McElwee, Naian González Norvind, Omar Metwally, Austin Smith, and Robin Weigert
Original Music by Todd Almond
Set Design by David Zinn
Costume design by Susan Hilferty
Lighting Design by Peter Kaczorowski
Sound Design by Matt Hubbs
Show Times: Tuesday – Saturday @8pm; Wednesday and Saturday matinees @2pm; Sunday @3pm