In one of the hour’s more successful pieces, Maddie (Najimy) talks to an unseen friend, relating her experiences with gay nephew Philip, who now has AIDS. It’s a wise and touching monologue.
Gaffney’s strong solo piece features her as an anti-abortion picketer in front of a clinic.
Compared with those, many of the rest of the pieces are rather lightweight, though often amusing, like the one featuring Najimy as a cabaret performer and Gaffney as the boite’s gay bartender.
Show has been resequenced somewhat from the live version, with a few sketches dropped to fit the hour format. Cameras under direction of Dean Parisot find some interesting perspectives, and televised sound allows audience better grasp of exaggerated (and sometimes mush-mouthed) East Coast and Southern accents affected by Gaffney and Najimy.
The show closes effectively with Maddie and Syvvie meeting real-life Gaffney and Najimy after the performance; it demonstrates how an actor can play two roles simultaneously without any fancy-schmancy special effects.