R.J. Barnett is nonetheless exceptional as high school junior Montgomery, negotiating even the purplest writing with honesty and sensitivity. Joseph Vincent Cordaro is charming as his straight fraternal twin, though he can’t compensate for the role’s passivity and excessive monologues. Austin Mitchell makes the most of his one scene as the hunky object of Montgomery’s affections, in a part that can only be described as a nudus ex machina.
López-Sáenz raises intriguing questions, but right now he’s clearly not prepared to explore the answers.
Presented by Emmett Productions as part of the New York International Fringe Festival
at Here Arts Center, 145 Sixth Ave., NYC. Aug. 14–25. Remaining performances: Sun. Aug. 15, 9:30 p.m.; Thu. Aug. 19, 5:15 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 21, 8 p.m.; Wed. Aug. 25, 7 p.m. (866) 468-7619 or www.fringenyc.org.