Charlotte Booker wrote the piece and gives a vibrant performance as Lawford, but her character's paranoid rants against "bastard" son Peter, the Kennedys (her son's in-laws), and Tinseltown notables become tiresome. Joe Kinosian's Buddy provides some balance. The excessive stridency was not helped by an audience that found everything riotously funny, disregarding the bittersweet underpinning.
Director Melinda Buckley's scene transitions are awkwardly protracted, but Tony Castrigno and Samantha Yeager's modestly attractive set design is a plus.
Presented by Andsoshesaid Productions in association with Mad Productions as part of the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival
at the Connelly Theater, 220 E. Fourth St., NYC.
Aug. 17–28. Remaining performances: Thu., Aug. 20, 4:45 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 22, 7 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 23, 2:30 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 28, 7 p.m.(866) 468-7619 or www.fringenyc.org.