The Commons of Pensacola: in brief
Actor Amanda Peet ventures into playwriting with a drama about a society woman brought low by her husband's exposure as a Wall Street con man. Blythe Danner plays the central figure and Sarah Jessica Parker is her daughter in a world premiere directed by Lynne Meadow for MTC.
The Commons of Pensacola: theater review by Adam Feldman
A scheme is apparently afoot to bilk elderly, trusting New Yorkers out of their money. The victims, I fear, are audience members at The Commons of Pensacola, actor-cum-playwright Amanda Peet’s drama about the disgraced wife (Danner) of a Bernie Madoff–like scam artist and her disconcerted daughter (Parker), a failed actress. Vacuous, amateurish and groaningly contrived from snout to tail, the play lasts 80 minutes, costs $95 and delivers no value in return. It is nice of Lynne Meadow to give a fledgling writer a chance, but it hardly seems fair to make MTC audiences endure it for Peet’s sake.—Theater review by Adam Feldman
THE BOTTOM LINE Avoid this misinvestment of time and money.
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