Stranded on Motor Parkway

Theater, Drama
4 out of 5 stars
Stranded on Motor Parkway
Photograph: Dina Abd El-Aziz Stranded on Motor Parkway

After the death of their mother, Angie and Johnny Frishetti (Briana Pozner, Joseph Paul Kennedy) must reacquaint themselves with their long-absent father, John (Tim Intravia). Playwright Dan Fingerman weaves an ambitious if somewhat meandering tale of family dysfunction driven by the usual secrets, lies and silence. On its Fringe-level budget, the play can’t depict its 1986 setting very vividly in terms of set or sound, but it does capture a Long Island vibe and the Reagan-era zeitgeist. Fingerman writes engaging characters and fills their mouths with snappy, entertaining dialogue. And the cast is uniformly solid; Pozner must carry much of the play’s emotional weight, and this excellent young performer is up to it. Be warned, though, that Stranded on Motor Parkway doesn't come with a tidy resolution. Come curtain call, some viewers may feel, like Angie, a bit marooned.—Scott Wooledge

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