BUZZFEED'S BEST PLAYS AND MUSICALS OF 2018!
“Put on as part of New York Theatre Workshop’s Next Door series, Michael Breslin and Patrick Foley’s This American Wife was a show I feel like I conjured into existence through sheer force of will. But that would be discounting the genius of Breslin and Foley, who may have even more of a pathological attachment to Real Housewives (and to theater) than I do. This American Wife wasn’t just an excuse for its creators and stars to recite their favorite lines from RHOBH and RHONY — although, yes, it was that — but also a transfixing, thought-provoking exploration of the relationship between gay male identity and the conspicuous consumption of Bravo’s reality programming. It was provocative, hilarious, and (for better or worse) the most I have ever felt seen onstage. If you saw it and didn’t get it, we’re probably not a match.”
– Louis Peitzman
This American Wife is both loving satire of the pleasures and madnesses of the franchise, and piercing examination as to why this madness is so compelling; what it offers to fans and what it says about them.
— Tim Teeman, The Daily Beast
Michael Breslin and Patrick Foley’s brilliant multimedia duologue informally explores their infectious obsession with artificial Real Housewives theatrics, bravely exposing them as gay guys escaping their own realities.
— New Now Next
As Breslin and Foley start to divulge their own dark secrets, the cameras frame only their lips. Ironically, they become increasingly vulnerable and three-dimensional on stage, the direct opposite of the Housewives, who open themselves up only to gain an upper hand. It's a fascinating juxtaposition of realities
— Billy McEntee, TDF Stages