Stage Review

The Commons of Pensacola (2013)

THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker
Image credit: Joan Marcus
THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Opening Date: Nov 21, 2013; Lead Performances: Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker; Writer: Amanda Peet; Director: Lynne Meadow

In actress-turned-scribe Amanda Peet's uneven playwriting debut, The Commons of Pensacola, a family copes after the patriarch pulls a Bernie Madoff. It's nice to see Sarah Jessica Parker back on stage (though she over-embraces the act-by-hair-twirling method). But the show belongs to Blythe Danner as her mom, a dame in denial forced to move to Florida's Redneck Riviera. She brings class and wit...even when asked to pass gas, then say ''I have no muscle control.'' B–

(Tickets: nycitycenter.org)

Originally posted Nov 21, 2013 Published in issue #1287 Nov 29, 2013 Order article reprints