Subscribe now to and start applying to auditions!
LA Theater Review
Bart Braverman is solid as Vincent in an unexplained turn as Sarah's confidante and housekeeper, dressed arcanely in housekeeper drag of housecoat, socks, suspenders, and headscarf. Artie (Patrick J. Rafferty) as Momma Grosberg's son—a dutifully ineffective wimp—makes his appearance after most of the shooting's over. Will there even be a wedding?
Act 2 jumps 40 years to a Holiday Inn in China, where Braverman, now believably playing a middle-aged Artie with unfortunate bathroom problems, is supporting 40-ish daughter Jennifer (an unrecognizable David) as she picks up an adoptive Chinese orphan baby. Where do these Grosbergs fit in to the picture? There are no reference points to a relationship between father and daughter with Sarah and the aforesaid Vincent. An unconnected couple (Rafferty and Cohen), are also in the hotel to pick up a Chinese baby and possibly squeeze in a quickie divorce. It shouldn't happen to a Chinese orphan!
The about-to-be-adopted baby, who may be critically damaged, is a questionable replacement for the defunct mother-in-law—the great-granddaughter Sarah never saw.
The 40-year gap in the play's timeline reduces interest in the future of the adopted baby and the then and the now of the situation. Fair to middling performances all around make this mildly interesting and more than a bit confusing. Howard Teichman directs. He deserves better material.
Presented by the West Coast Jewish Theatre at the Pico Playhouse, 10508 W. Pico Blvd., L.A. May 7–June 27. Thu.–Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. (323) 821-2449. www.wcjt.org.
What did you think of this story?
Leave a Facebook Comment: