By leading English writer-director Mike Leigh (Oscar-nominated for Secrets & Lies and Topsy Turvy), the New York premier of this play features Jennifer Jason Leigh and is directed by the capable Scott Elliott. The action takes place in the '70s at two parties in adjoining suburban houses: one for the grown-ups and one for the young people. The kids get rowdier, but the adults' tamer gathering mirrors the teenagers' in more ways than one.

The New Group at Theatre Row/Acorn Theater, 410 W. 42nd St., (212) 279-4200. Previews Nov. 14. Opens Dec. 1.

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