note: entire contents copyright 2009 by Beverly Creasey
Someone is gnawing at the artfully arranged avocados in the elegantly appointed dining room. And something is causing THE PAIN AND THE ITCH which no one wants to acknowledge. Could it be the rumble of hypocrisy? Bruce Norris’ nasty little comedy (at COMPANY ONE through April 4th) savages the quintessential liberal, upper middle class, lily white, politically correct American family. It’s hip. It’s sardonic and it packs a significant punch in Act II when all the previous scenes start to add up.
Director M. Bevin O’Gara’s cast is simply superb, from Nancy Carroll’s shameless grandma to Aimee Doherty’s hilariously imperious working, and nursing, mom. Joe Lanza and Dennis Trainor, Jr. are wonderfully infantile as the grown-up brothers still vying for their mother’s attention and Philana Mia is terribly funny as the older brother’s outspoken, “Eurotrash” girlfriend.
Cedric Lilly, too, is first rate at the taxi driver who’s come to dinner for no apparent reason---and best of all is Helen Steinman as the little girl with the unexplainable allergy.