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.
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.