The Treasurer OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • Opening Night:
    September 26, 2017
    Closing:
    October 22, 2017

    Theater: Playwrights Horizons / 416 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10036

    Synopsis: 

    Ida Armstrong is broke, lonely, and fading fast. And she’s spending all of her children’s money, forcing her son to assume the unwanted role of The Treasurer: an arrangement that becomes untenable the more he questions his devotion to her. In this darkly funny, sharply intimate portrait, Max Posner chronicles the strained ties between a son and his aging mother, and the hell of a guilty conscience.

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    In ‘The Treasurer,’ a Son Remembers Mama, as She Forgets Everything

    Ben Brantley

    The man standing before us, a middle-aged geologist with festering mother issues, doesn’t like sharing his feelings with others. Yet because he is the center of a drama, and a memory play at that, he finds himself baring the unmentionables of his soul to an abyss of unseen listeners.

    As he says in the monologue that begins Max Posner’s tender and unforgiving “The Treasurer,” which opened at Playwrights Horizons on Tuesday night, “Talking in front of people is my idea of . . . ”

    He doesn’t finish the sentence. He doesn’t need to.

    The missing word — and the real estate that Mr. Posner has ambitiously claimed as his own in “The Treasurer” — is hell. That’s the place where the character identified only as the Son, played with a masterly mix of reluctance and compulsion by Peter Friedman, has told us he is headed. It seems clear, though, that he’s already there.

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