The basic story involves a woman, Hannah (Brenda Currin), on her deathbed with her oldest son, Blaze (Kevin Mannering) at her side. Her other son, Dan (Matthew Michael Hurley) is en route across the country. A nurse, known only as "Nursie" (Ruby Ruiz), acts as a narrator but isn't much of a guide in terms of clarity.
Mitarotondo's dialogue is incisive and, as directed by Jenna Worsham, driven with a sense of immediacy. But the author writes as though he just pounded a case of energy drinks, taking off through the many corridors of his vivid imagination without remembering to check if anyone is following.
Early in the play, Blaze marvels at the light shining though the hospital window, speaking as though his words will evaporate if they aren't expelled immediately. He continues in this fashion as he talks to his Mom, Nursie, and a young woman, Amelia (Lila Dupree), whose husband is going to be sharing a room with Hannah. They have an instant connection that could be the spark of a whole play on it's own. In fact, it feels there are about five plays bursting the seams of Sparrow, and I can't help but think that Mitarotondo has more to say that would illuminate these fascinating people he's introduced to us.
-- Chris Kompanek