had the pleasure of seeing Gary Morgensteins new play A Tomato Cant Grow in the Bronx last night at the Producers Club in Manhattan, and definitely recommend it, although it only runs through Sunday Sept 26. Carlo Fiorlettas expert direction brings out the best in the actors and keeps the play moving briskly. Donna Castellano and Bruce Levy shine as a feuding married couple who probably should have divorced 20 years earlier. Jessica Renee Russell is delightfully flustered as newly-minted real estate agent Madeline, while Simcha Borenstein, Alyson Linefsky, and Troy Dane are excellent as the equally dysfunctional next generations of the family. The plays best moments come toward its conclusion, as 25 years of anger and frustration are released - and not gently. But the story manages a hopeful note, and the audience can leave with a smile. The story takes place in 1964, but its theme of a family yearning for a house with a yard resonates today, especially as we deal with the aftermath of the real estate bubble.
Ive saw a staged-reading of A Tomato Cant Grow in the Bronx and LOVED IT. The play captures a time in the NYC borough where racial tensions were prevalent among fragmented economic classes. And it digs deep on the meaning of a familys dysfunctional attachment to each other and a sons fight for the love of his parents. I laughed, cried and smiled... , walking away feeling like I re-experienced the angst and tenderness of what it means to be too closely related. Please go see it, youll have a good time!!!!!!!!