A girl brings home her latest boyfriend to meet her parents. This is done against the background of random shootings that had just begun in NYC at the time the play was written. How the family’s failings are magnified by the social confusion of the times is the crux of the plot. —IMDb
As a multi-talented film and stage performer with an intense comic flair, the diminutive and stocky Jewish-American character actor Alan Arkin built a career for himself out of playing slightly gruff and opinionated yet endearing eccentrics. Though not commonly recognized as such, Arkin’s ability extends not only beyond the range of the comedic (see, for example, his suicidal deaf-mute in Robert Ellis Miller’s The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, or his interpretation of the George Kraft role in Keith Gordon’s overlooked Mother Night) but far beyond the scope of acting per se. In addition to his before-the-camera work, Arkin is an accomplished theatrical and cinematic director, an author of books in multiple genres, and a gifted vocalist.
Born March 26, 1934, to immigrant parents of Russian and German Hebrew extraction, Arkin came of age in New York City, then attended Los Angeles City College in the early ‘50s and launched his entertainment career as a key member of the folk band the… read more
The Donald Sutherland hippie-priest marriage scene alone would make this a classic. One of the greatest underrated American black comedies.