You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

The Mineloa Twins

More successful in its second half than its first, Paula Vogel's satirical farce "The Mineola Twins" romps raucously and raunchily through the Eisenhower, Nixon and Bush administrations via the lives of a pair of diametrically opposed twins from Mineola, L.I. Vogel brings a lesbian/feminist sensibility to bear on the comic-book proceedings, which, unfortunately, are one-dimensional and derivative in act one. But Vogel's heart and mind kick in for the final three scenes, which are far more engrossing, rewarding, funny and angry, with "bad" twin Myra becoming a well-adjusted lesbian whose working life revolves around the local Planned Parenthood office that "good" twin Myrna plans to bomb. Play, production and acting are confrontational throughout, and encompass gender-bending and simulated sex acts, elements none too surprising to anyone who has seen previous Vogel plays, notably her 1994 "Hot 'n' Throbbing." Molly Smith, the director of Trinity Rep's production of "The Mineola Twins," gave the play its world premiere in November at her Perseverance Theater in Alaska. Her antic staging, which includes a pair of chorus-boy stagehands changing scenery and playing FBI agents and psychiatric aides, is also more successful in the production's second half.

With:
Cast: Anne Scurria (Myra/Myrna), Phyllis Kay (Jim/Sarah), Dan Welch (Kenny/Ben); Algernon D'Ammassa, Mauro Hantman, Amanda Dehnert.

The play includes a series of dream sequences. Entering through a jagged opening in the sliding panels backing Judy Gailen’s pop-art/op-art set, Anne Scurria’s teenage Myra at first appears to be a leather clad zombie until we learn she’s the school slut happily sleeping with whole football teams. Scurria’s Myrna, on the other hand, is a prissy goody-two-shoes, though she quickly reveals her nasty side, which includes coitus decidedly interruptus with her aching boyfriend Jim (played by Phyllis Kay who later plays Myra’s lesbian lover). Naturally Myrna drives Jim into Myra’s bed (all of this taking place during the Eisenhower administration).

Next come the Nixon years in which Myrna has become a homemaker with a teenage son and more than her usual psychological problems after being subjected to shock treatment. Meantime, Myra has become a peace-movement bank-robbing terrorist on the run from the FBI. She and Myrna’s son Kenny (Dan Welch) escape to Canada.

Finally, the Bush years, during which the “good” Myrna blossoms as an ultra-conservative radio talk-show host and author of “Profiles in Chastity.” She is violently opposed to multiculturalism. Myra, with a loving lesbian lover and a gently gay teenage son, is deeply involved in Planned Parenthood. Following the Planned Parenthood bombing, the play offers a healing glimpse of Myra and Myrna coming to terms with each other (and giving non-stop Scurria a chance to catch her breath in her demanding double-role).

There’s nothing subtle here, in play, direction or acting, though there is vigor and, at times, shafts of insight and lurid humor. But the fact that the two parts of “The Mineola Twins” are as ill-matched as its titular characters is a major drawback. Rewrite? Throw out the first half? Or what?

The Mineloa Twins

PROVIDENCE, R.I.

Production: A Trinity Repertory Company presentation of a play in two acts by Paula Vogel. Directed by Molly D. Smith. Set, Judy Gailen

Creative: Costumes, William Lane; lighting, Christien Methot; sound, Andrew Keister; stage manager, Cole Bonenberger; production manager, Ruth E. Sternberg. Artistic director, Oskar Eustis. Opened, reviewed March 5, 1997, at the Trinity's Downstairs Theater; 287 seats; $32 top. Running time: 2 HOURS, 20 MIN.

Cast: Cast: Anne Scurria (Myra/Myrna), Phyllis Kay (Jim/Sarah), Dan Welch (Kenny/Ben); Algernon D'Ammassa, Mauro Hantman, Amanda Dehnert.

More Legit

  • david mamet

    David Mamet Says He Wrote a Play About Harvey Weinstein

    The play includes a series of dream sequences. Entering through a jagged opening in the sliding panels backing Judy Gailen’s pop-art/op-art set, Anne Scurria’s teenage Myra at first appears to be a leather clad zombie until we learn she’s the school slut happily sleeping with whole football teams. Scurria’s Myrna, on the other hand, is […]

  • Hello Dolly review Bernadette Peters

    Broadway Review: Bernadette Peters in 'Hello, Dolly!'

    The play includes a series of dream sequences. Entering through a jagged opening in the sliding panels backing Judy Gailen’s pop-art/op-art set, Anne Scurria’s teenage Myra at first appears to be a leather clad zombie until we learn she’s the school slut happily sleeping with whole football teams. Scurria’s Myrna, on the other hand, is […]

  • Music Theatre International

    Drew Cohen Named Global CEO of Music Theatre International

    The play includes a series of dream sequences. Entering through a jagged opening in the sliding panels backing Judy Gailen’s pop-art/op-art set, Anne Scurria’s teenage Myra at first appears to be a leather clad zombie until we learn she’s the school slut happily sleeping with whole football teams. Scurria’s Myrna, on the other hand, is […]

  • Male Gallery Capsule Placeholder

    Korean Stage Director Lee Yoon-taek Accused of Rape

    The play includes a series of dream sequences. Entering through a jagged opening in the sliding panels backing Judy Gailen’s pop-art/op-art set, Anne Scurria’s teenage Myra at first appears to be a leather clad zombie until we learn she’s the school slut happily sleeping with whole football teams. Scurria’s Myrna, on the other hand, is […]

  • Kings review

    Off Broadway Review: 'Kings' With Aya Cash, Gillian Jacobs

    The play includes a series of dream sequences. Entering through a jagged opening in the sliding panels backing Judy Gailen’s pop-art/op-art set, Anne Scurria’s teenage Myra at first appears to be a leather clad zombie until we learn she’s the school slut happily sleeping with whole football teams. Scurria’s Myrna, on the other hand, is […]

  • Joan Marcus/Photofest

    Original 'Angels in America' Reclaimed the Stage for Ambitious Theater (Column)

    The play includes a series of dream sequences. Entering through a jagged opening in the sliding panels backing Judy Gailen’s pop-art/op-art set, Anne Scurria’s teenage Myra at first appears to be a leather clad zombie until we learn she’s the school slut happily sleeping with whole football teams. Scurria’s Myrna, on the other hand, is […]

  • Disney Theatrical's Thomas Schumacher Accused of

    Disney Theatrical's Thomas Schumacher Accused of Harassment

    The play includes a series of dream sequences. Entering through a jagged opening in the sliding panels backing Judy Gailen’s pop-art/op-art set, Anne Scurria’s teenage Myra at first appears to be a leather clad zombie until we learn she’s the school slut happily sleeping with whole football teams. Scurria’s Myrna, on the other hand, is […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content