|Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella. Photo: Joan Marcus|
By Eric Coble
Directed by Molly Smith
The Booth Theatre
What's It all About:
Elderly Alexandra (Estelle Parsons) barricades herself in her Brooklyn apartment and threatens to blow it up with her collection of Molotov cocktails if her children force her to go to a nursing home. Alerted by his frustrated siblings, her estranged son, Chris (Stephen Spinella), climbs a tree and comes through the window to try to reason with his mother. In the course of getting re-acquainted, the two find they are more alike than they'd think. Past differences are sorted out and the relationship takes on new dimensions.
What Are the Highlights?
- Parsons is brilliant and Spinella is just right as the exasperated, yet amused, son. I teared up several times as Alexandra showed fear and frailty in the face of the old age that has crept into her joints and mind. A notable performance. Parsons is nominated for a Tony.
- Taught direction by Smith keeps the 90-minute, no intermission paced and engaging.
- Coble's script is well written, poignant and funny.
What Are the Lowlights?
- The play announced an early closing and no longer is running. http://velocityofautumnbroadway.com/
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