Visiting Mr. Green

Several plays embody Jewish traditions and more than a few deal with homosexuality, but very few works entwine both of these components into o­ne story; "Visiting Mr. Green" does. Written by New Yorker Jeff Baron and directed by Bill Glassco and Michael Shamata. "Visiting Mr. Green" has already traveled around the globe and has received accolades everywhere. The two-man play, set in New York includes: Adrian Burhop and Bernie Passeltiner. A young Jewish American Express executive (Ross Gardiner), accidentally runs over an elderly retiree (Mr. Green) with his car. Ross is sentenced to six weeks of visiting the old man and taking care of him. The first act deals with the difficulties these two men have interacting with each other and the humorous side of being Jewish. The two characters are complete opposites; however they eventually build a friendship and earn each other's trust. Mr. Green has complete knowledge about Jewish history, tradition and religion, while Ross is more in touch with the modern world. The play must be praised for its portrayal of sensitive yet realistic and sad issues. Mr. Green represents the older generation and the certain naivety and bitterness that remain with them. The two characters help each other along; Mr. Green matures and sheds his anger while Ross becomes more confident and joyous. The predominately gray haired audience was very responsive to this humorous production. Look for a solid story and great dialogue in "Visiting Mr. Green:" definitely worth the price of admission. At The Saidye Bronfman Centre until May 18th.

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