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I Never Sang For My Father

From 3 member  reviews
Members say: Intelligent, Resonant, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

About the show

This drama probes into the disquieting alienation that can exist between father and son – an estrangement that, despite the best intentions of both parties, is often deepened with age and unhealed by time. More…

This is the story of Gene, a widower, with an elderly mother whom he loves and an eighty-year-old father, whom he has never loved, hard as he tried. The father has been mayor of a small town in Westchester County, self-made and highly respected. Beneath these trappings, however, he is a mean, unloving and ungenerous man, who has driven his daughter away because of her marriage to a Jew and has alienated his son through his possessiveness, his selfishness and his endless reminiscences. Suddenly the mother dies, and Gene is faced with the responsibility of having the father on his hands just at a time when he wants to remarry and move to California.

Member Reviews (3)


Intelligent, Resonant, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

Relevant, Intelligent, Slow, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if Anderson's drama of the eternal father/son relationship is well-crafted to the point of simplicity Strong cast w/ Buchanan's stoic mother A+

Don't see it if Minimal stage design - shifting black boxes - mutes the emotional content to detrimental effect; feels like watching a scene in acting class

Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in family dramas especially dealing with issues of responsibility to aging parents

Don't see it if You need staging and sets, you cannot suspend disbelief when actors playing father and son are of different races

Also (continued) or other characters that in the play would have had to be ... Read more Read less

Cliched, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you believe parent-child relations are always smooth and loving, and parents should be perfect, so anything otherwise would interest you.

Don't see it if you are tired of listening to adults blame their parents for everything.

Also The case for a terrible father was not successfully made. He seemed li... Read more Read less

September 14th, 2019
"The current production by the Chain Theatre, directed by Richard Hoehler, never quite achieves a similar revelation, partly due to casting and partly due to odd creative choices made by Hoehler and his artistic staff."
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