Need a good laugh? Rush to see this play—about one family (just like yours) going (hilariously) at each other over a dying parent
Why it's called Hanky Panky, I don't know, but this dark Comedy by Vicki Vodrey out of Kansas City, is on for a few more nights in New York as part of the Midtown Inernational Theatre Festival (MITF): Sun July 24 at 8:00 pm and Tuesday July 26 at 8:00 pm at the Main Stage Theatre at TBG Arts Center (312 W 36th Street, 4th floor W) Call 866 811 4111 or at www.midtownfestival.org
You've seen it. You've been there. The family gathers in the hospital or hospice room around the dying parent. No one knows how to act. Everyone acts out. Old history bursts forth like spring weeds. The dysfunctional younger brother gets drunk. The uptight over-responsible older sister excoriates the others. The inlaws are clueless or trying to run the show. And the poor hospice workers are caught in the middle.
The playwright gets it just right...including the fear and pathos that is driving all the shenanigans. Richard Dines directs at a headlong pace, and the cast is right on. Funny, funny, funny...and then it strikes at the heart.