Hannah is a widowed Episcopal minister. Brandt is the young literary assistant she hires to help her translate a long-lost gospel. Thomas is her prodigal gay son, who spends his life trying to distance himself from his mother and anyone who might love him. These three characters form the complex and humorous triangle at the heart of this play about faith and family. This excellent audio presentation is the result of the high-level performances delivered by Jill Clayburgh, Hamish Linklater, and Luke MacFarlane. Since they were the original off-Broadway cast, they easily bring dramatic and dynamic range to their characters. Included is an exclusive author interview that provides great insights.
This production is well-acted, and the playwright has some interesting thoughts, which he expresses well, but ultimately the listener is left with an "is that all?" feeling. However, it is enjoyable to listen to and may raise some thoughts about God, life, and death that do take you somewhere. Altogether, given the fine performances, well worth your time.
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