Reviews: What Do Critics Think of New Play About Sylvie Cachay's Murder, Modern Swimwear? | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: What Do Critics Think of New Play About Sylvie Cachay's Murder, Modern Swimwear?

Set in the hotel room where the fashion designer was found dead, the new work is presented Off-Broadway by The Tank.

Chad Pierre Vann, Fig Chilcott, and Frank Zwally

Critics are weighing in on the world premiere of Modern Swimwear by Caitlin Saylor Stephens (When We Went Electronic). Presented by The Tank, the Off-Broadway run began January 19 and opened January 20 for a run through February 12.

Modern Swimwear tells the story of the life and murder of swimwear designer Sylvie Cachay, who was found dead in an overflowing bathtub at a New York City members-only club in 2010. As Cachay prepares for an important pitch, conflict arises between her and her troubled boyfriend Nick as he tries to become the center of her attention.

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Lighting & Sound America (David Barbour)

New York Times (Juan A. Ramírez)*

Theatermania (Zachary Stewart)

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Fig Chilcott (72 Miles to Go) plays Sylvie Cachay, joined by Frank Zwally (Manifest) as Nick and Chad Pierre Vann (Antony and Cleopatra) as Staffer.

Meghan Finn (DOOMOCRACY) directs the production, which features dramaturgy by Amauta Marston-Firmino (Slave Play), a design installation co-created by Yasmin Santana and Christopher and Justin Swader, with props and costumes by Patricia Marjorie (You Will Get Sick), and lighting design by Sarah Johnston (Sun & Sea).

Modern Swimwear is one of four shows making their world premieres at The Tank in 2023 as part of its winter and spring Core Production series.

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