Friday, March 31, 2006

Mercy on the Doorstep: 03/31/2006

I’ve seen Laura Esterman in a number of plays in the last couple of years and while none of the productions were entirely successfully I wouldn’t trade the opportunity of seeing her perform in them for anything. She makes you want to watch her at every moment; her choices are never short of fascinating. Add Gip Hoppe’s Mercy on the Doorstep to the pile of not entirely successful plays Esterman has done lately. The play pits Esterman’s alcoholic Corrine against very under-stated Jenn Harris as her born-again stepdaughter and her preacher husband, Mark Rosenthal. The play is rather predictable and oddly structured in lots of short, choppy scenes – but any chance to see the wonderful Laura Esterman is well worth a visit.

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