Christopher plays Jerry quite touchingly as an appealing Everyman with a pure heart and a weak will. If the brogues and blarney are a bit thick, and the ending is too abrupt, "Banshee" is still admirably straightforward and ungimmicky, an old-fashioned kitchen-sink drama. Petti cites "Long Day's Journey Into Night" as an inspiration; he too is trying to make sense of his family's sad history. Eugene O'Neill he's not, but he avoids clichés and keeps us interested and rooting for Jerry to cut the Oedipal strings.
Presented by Cynthia Topps as part of the New York International Fringe Festival at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center's Flamboyán Theatre, 107 Suffolk St., NYC. Aug. 21–27. Remaining performances: Mon., Aug. 22, 5:45 p.m.; Wed., Aug. 24, 2 p.m.; Thu., Aug. 25, 9 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 27, noon. (866) 468-7619 or www.fringenyc.org.