‘The Treasurer’ with Peter Friedman and Deanna Dunagan — review


In “The Treasurer,” a middle-aged son (Peter Friedman, reliably excellent) reckons with his relationship with his aging self-centered mother (Deanna Dunagan, low-key compared to her Tony-winning turn in “August: Osage County”). She’d abandoned him as a kid and is now sinking into senility.


When all is said and done, Max Posner has written a thoughtful, fairly straight-up family story — one that nods openly to “The Glass Menagerie.” But between its fragmented structure and repetitive scenes and sometimes quirky direction by David Cromer (hey, let’s obstruct the view of these audience members) the production can confound.


It can also, on occasion, delight. Like when the son, who’s been tasked by his two brothers (Pun Bandhu and Marinda Anderson, who play various other roles) to manage their mom’s assets and liabilities, tries to log into her bank account “to see what she’s cost us.” What unfolds may make you take account of your banking security questions and family history. It’s an odd — and oddly touching — highlight.


Through Oct. 22 at Playwrights Horizons.

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