The New York
Times: New Jersey Weekly Desk
Mr. Mee is the man of the moment. His comedy ''Big Love,'' a deconstruction of Aeschylus's ''The Suppliant Women,'' will be presented next month at McCarter by Princeton's drama program, and ''bobrauschenbergamerica,'' his take on the life of the artist Robert Rauschenberg, was performed last week at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival.
Deserted is not what they find. Maria, Jonathan's scantily clad mother, played with a wandering ''Mediterranean'' accent by Marsha Mason, is the first to appear, followed by her Gallic lover Francois, the linguistically nimble, hilariously funny Michael Cerveris. Sloshing though the snow comes Frank (Nicholas Hormann in a touching performance), Jonathan's father and once-a-week husband to Maria.
Edmund, Frank's petulant lover, also shows up, as do the romantically warring neighborhood duo of Hilda and Bertha. Bob, a mysterious stranger purporting to be delivering a compost machine, suddenly appears and, without missing a beat, offers a convoluted monologue on love as filtered through the writings of Sappho, Plato and the Greek tragedians. Danny Mastrogiorgio's deadpan delivery of this pseudo guru's diatribe is a hoot.
tedious; it goes on too long and its humor stoops too low, in extended
mooning sequences for a start. Farce is tricky to pull off. The director,
David Schweizer, turns to old-time vaudeville schticks to keep things
going, but even this does not save several scenes from sagging. Still,
one can never accuse the work of lacking heart, broken or otherwise.
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