|Written and Directed by:||David Beaird|
|Opened:||9/96 at Circle Repertory Company|
|Cast:||Leland Cooke, Venida Evans, Missi Pyle, Jon Cryer, Hallie Foote, Devon Abner, Barry McEvoy, Mikel Sarah Lambert, Garret Dillahunt and Michelle Hurd|
Beaird has revealed that this turgid melo-comedy about a terminally ill, rich patriarch who taunts his greedy relatives is partly autobiographical. There's a morphine-addicted matriarch, incest, racial revenge and ricocheting expletives. The title reflects the address of the Louisiana mansion where all this Tennessee Williams-eque dysfunction resides. Despite its obviously derivative touches, the play boasts a powerful script and solid performances from its eclectic ensemble, especially “name-brand” stars Cryer and Crooke, as well as Evans as the exasperated maid and Dillahunt and Pyle as the cozy brother and sister.