Stage Review

Mrs. Farnsworth (2004 - 2004)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Opening Date: Sep 29, 2004; Lead Performance: Sigourney Weaver; Writer: A.R. Gurney

Given Sigourney Weaver's most famous movie line — Aliens' ''Get away from her, you bitch!'' — it's odd, even off-putting, to watch her take on the mannerisms of a large, WASPy bunny rabbit to play A.R. Gurney's Mrs. Marjorie Farnsworth, a desperate Connecticut housewife attempting to write a memoir about how she may or may not have been impregnated by George W. Bush during her college years at Vassar. Weaver eventually settles into her role, but the play — fleetingly fun — never really does. The humor in Mrs. Farnsworth tends toward the heavy-handed (Hey, Bush is dumb! Ha!), and carries an obvious expiration date: Election Day 2004.

Originally posted Oct 29, 2004 Published in issue #790 Oct 29, 2004 Order article reprints
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