Pulitzer and Tony-winner John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Moonstruck) finishes his trilogy of church & state plays with a comedy/drama about disparate residents of the Bronx thrown together during foreclosure proceedings on a family home.
“…unwieldy but affecting new play…” New York Times
“But don’t go to John Patrick Shanley’s new play expecting ripped-from-the-headlines realism. This is more of a melancholy fable, or maybe a twisted fairy tale.” New York Post
“…wordy, unfocused and unresolved.” Variety
“…the intense drama about several related crises of faith opened in a quirky yet searing production…” Associated Press
Mizer’s Two Cents: While the central conflict is not entirely persuasive, the play is filled out with such endearing, moving supporting work (particularly from the heartbreakingly funny Zach Grenier) that I was happy to spend time in this world. And in a cynical age where most plays underline our personal/global inability to communicate, that Shanley reaches for a sense of collective hope and reconciliation (and silence) feels quietly revolutionary. See it if you want to watch a top notch cast engage with a problematic, searching script.