My Father’s House

Coming so soon after the opening at New Haven's Long Wharf Theater of Margaret Edson's miraculous "Wit," about a woman dying of ovarian cancer, Jerry Mazza's "My Father's House," about a man stricken with Alzheimer's disease, is hopelessly outclassed.

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Cast: James Farentino (Joey Politano Jr.), Len Lesser (Joe Politano Sr.), Melinda Peterson (Mrs. Rivers).

Coming so soon after the opening at New Haven’s Long Wharf Theater of Margaret Edson’s miraculous “Wit,” about a woman dying of ovarian cancer, Jerry Mazza’s “My Father’s House,” about a man stricken with Alzheimer’s disease, is hopelessly outclassed.

James Farentino and Len Lesser play an Italian-American son and father. The middle-aged son is a Madison Avenue ad writer who wants to be a poet and playwright, while the father is a coarse, crude and angry man who abused his wives and browbeat his son. But fear not, all the father has to say to set everything right is, “I love you.”Playwright Mazza hasn’t the insights or the skill to bring anything of interest to this familiar tale of woe. Although Michael Clark Haney is listed as director, this Seven Angels production appears to be directionless. Neither Farentino nor Lesser is convincing, though it’s doubtful if anyone could do anything with these one-dimensional characters.

My Father's House

WATERBURY, Conn. :Seven Angels Theater: 350 seats: $25 top.

Production: A Seven Angels Theater in association with James Farentino, of a play in two acts by Jerry Mazza. Directed by Michael Clark Haney. Set and lighting, Richard Meyer;

Creative: Costumes, Jeffrey Schoenberg; sound, Johnna Doty; production stage manager, Kevin E. Thompson. Seven Angels Theater artistic director, Semina De Laurentis. Opened Nov. 15, 1997, at the Hamilton Park Pavilion. Reviewed Nov. 16; Running time: 2 HOURS, 16 MIN.

Cast: Cast: James Farentino (Joey Politano Jr.), Len Lesser (Joe Politano Sr.), Melinda Peterson (Mrs. Rivers).

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