Poor Bessie Berger is just trying to ensure that her family weathers the economic storms of the Depression, but she’s not getting much help from kindly but feckless husband Myron. And the cramped Berger digs include family patriarch Jacob and two adult children as well.
Why is it so much fun watching “civilized” people behave badly? We could debate the psychology for years, but it’s more fun just to watch the veneer peel off and the true “Neanderthal” nature come through.
Proceeds from Bob Brader’s four-night show will go to the Women’s Resource Center in Oceanside, which provides shelter, crisis intervention and counseling and education programs for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault.
It’s a strange, even challenging piece, offering plenty of laughs but too much length and some characters whose presence is puzzling. The banter is fast and furious – sometimes too fast for easy comprehension.