In this recent Off-Broadway hit, a group of old friends find themselves at Harlem's Ortiz Funeral Home to mourn the death of a beloved nun from their childhood. As they bounce off of each other with old hurts and the harsh realities of grown-up life, a murder mystery (and a few lives) begins to unravel. Hilarious, raunchy, and ultimately very touching, Stephen Adly Guirgis is a new voice to be celebrated.
When a beloved Sister serving at a Brooklyn parish dies, her passing brings together a bevy of her now-grown former students and wards who experience her loss, in part, by confronting their feelings about their childhoods. Loaded with characters superbly portrayed by an energetic cast, and with each member grinding his or her personal ax very publicly, this crisply recorded play finds its characters ultimately resolving their issues. The miking allows the performers to explore their vocal and emotional ranges unfettered by the need to "fill the hall" with their voices. Fraught with anger and humor, passion and bewilderment, commitment and loss, this audio brings listeners a place of emotional catharsis.
"Wickedly funny, rip-roaring dark comedy." (New York Daily News)
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Guirgis Closes On Bogosian As Voice Of Our Time
Startling, Fresh, Real
The moment at the end of Laurence Fishburne's visit to confession comes quickly to mind . In fact, his entire confessional experience stands out easily. Fishburne makes it easy to remember he's been honing his craft since childhood . Even Audibly, you almost sense his flesh and bone.
The cast, most notably led by Fishburne, treats you to performances that sizzle and pop, thrill with joy, and recoil from horror.
I was jolted when the police revealed why mourners were removed from the room. I was shocked again when the play ended with resolution without definitive resolution .
But life is like that.
Well-played, Mr. Guirgis.
I would highly recommend this title. Especially at the very low price available with member discounts .
- Jason Ilgenfritz