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Mama's Boy, a Jimmy Darley Production. Ginny Boyd requires constant medical attention, but her son Danny will not hear of putting her in a nursing home. What keeps this pair in SRO squalor? Is it Danny's obsessive--perhaps incestuous--devotion to his septuagenarian mother, or the fortune in insurance benefits he expects to receive upon her death?

Jimmy Darley's play Mama's Boy initially promises a dry and didactic exploration of geriatric abuse. But then the plot suddenly veers into Joe Orton territory, as Danny, his nosy neighbor Maggie, and his quack-preacher cousin Adam chase one another around the deathbed. The darkly farcical antics succeed largely due to Shaun Landry as Maggie and Tony Mockus Jr. as Adam: their deftly focused portrayals of nebulously written characters give this naive romp professional polish.

--Mary Shen Barnidge

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