Playwrights Horizons presents a darkly comic, sharply intimate character study that chronicles the strained ties between a son (Tony nominee Peter Friedman) and his aging mother (Tony winner Deanna Dunagan). More…
Ida Armstrong is broke, lonely, and fading fast. And she’s spending all of her children’s money, forcing her son to assume the unwanted role of the Treasurer: an arrangement that becomes untenable the more he questions his devotion to her.
See it if you can't get enough of dysfunctional family dramedies, esply those using the worn device of memory narration. Solid acting (Dunagan!)
Don't see it if you want a coherent story in which people grow. The vignettes added up to nothing. Pace was slow. Cromer had people eat a meal...no surprise
See it if The acting is the only saving grace. But there's only so much good actors can do with a bad script.
Don't see it if you are a psychologically healthy individual with no mommy issues you want to exacerbate. You don't care about bizarre plots
See it if Cautionary tale about not being able to forgive and be kind after circumstances have changed. Ironically, treasurer: one who treasures.
Don't see it if You don’t want to watch someone suffer because they are so weighed down with emotional baggage that they cannot love a demented old woman.
See it if To see work by young writer, encounter quirky, clever staging, explore mother-son relationship complete with guilt, manipulation & grief
Don't see it if You don't like somewhat cryptic staging in a memory play, can't deal with aging, dementia, guilt, obligation, death, grief & notions of hell
See it if very clever/funny riff on Glass Menagerie where central question becomes what responsibility does son have 2 impossible mother; strong leads
Don't see it if Amanda Wingfield character unbelievably irresponsible, ending in purgatory, a misstep; ultimately you don't care enough about characters
See it if you enjoy shows about family relations, or want to see some remarkable performances.
Don't see it if the subject of a parent’s aging and mortality make you uncomfortable, or you prefer something “high tempo.” This may be a downer for some.
See it if You want to see great acting by all. Very impressive in that respect. Peter Friedman is always compelling. Others were excellent too.
Don't see it if You want to see something light. This is intense. It is about a parent descending into dementia. Hard to watch at times.
See it if Friedman is wonderful as is Dunagan. Another dysfunctional family with son full of resentment for mom, perhaps wishing otherwise.
Don't see it if At times I found the play boring, at other times poignant. Very mixed feelings, I was expecting more.
See it if you want to see two wonderful actors—the always reliable Peter Friedman and Deanna Dunagan at the top of their game.
Don't see it if you don't like plays about family relationships or plays dealing with Alzheimer's.
See it if You want to see a slice of life Drama that literally could happen in any family in our country today. It is heart-wrenching and very funny !
Don't see it if You can't deal with plots that encompass the ups and downs of aging. You are looking for a totally feel good evening of theatre.
See it if Want to see extraordinary performances in complex subject/play. It's funny, sad, touching, complicated, as good family dramas are.
Don't see it if Can't see distant family grapple w effects of aging, dementia, in controlling parent, want traditional set, don't like breaking 4th wall.
See it if you like family dramas that aren't sugar coated.Friedman and Dunagan are at the top of their game, See it for that if nothing else.Worth it
Don't see it if you want a light piece of fluff.Play has a lot to say about taking care of aging parents, even those who weren't good parents.Well staged.
See it if you enjoy complex stories that explore nuanced family relationships where the characters are not clearly good or bad.
Don't see it if you prefer entertaining, light theater.
See it if You like Peter Friedman. If you like a rambling story about dementia, this is for you.
Don't see it if You want sets or if you want interesting characters or if you want good drama. This show lacks all of what makes a good play.
See it if You are interested in parent/adult children relationships that are complicated by dementia. Liked the frankness of the story.
Don't see it if Dementia or issues aging parents disturb you. I felt a lot of honest feelings were expressed- life is not always a picture perfect movie.
See it if you relish superb acting in an original story. Peter Friedman's monologues were especially fine.
Don't see it if you find plays about aging depressing.
See it if You want to see a well written play by a young, emerging playwright whose writing shows great promise.
Don't see it if Dealing with aging and dementia issues are not your thing.
See it if you want to see masterful performances by Friedman and Dunagan. They really are great as mother and son dealing with dementia.
Don't see it if you are looking for a finished, well written script. The structure of the play doesn't really work and the end is weak. Staging isn't great.
See it if you want a fairly standard family drama with some fantastical elements and clever design
Don't see it if you need a play to have something really groundbreaking to say
See it if You're interested in the issues of aging, care-taking and family baggage with a fine cast.
Don't see it if If the realities of senescence get you down. If your kids don't love you. If you're looking for a break from reality.
See it if you enjoy slightly unpolished works by new playwrights, absorbing looks into aging and guilt, truly outstanding acting/brilliant dialogue
Don't see it if you already have nightmares about getting old (one older audience member behind us said "my worst nightmare", with a laugh)
See it if you like Deanna Dunnigan. You like family drama and stories about family conflict.
Don't see it if you don't like stories that have people losing their marbles, don't like stories about old people, don't like family conflict and drama.
See it if you're interested in a difficult family drama involving financial dependence of a senior in decline.
Don't see it if you're looking for a play dealing with dementia and its impact on a family. This doesn't quite fill that bill.