A neurotic, middle-aged woman, her crippled son, and his sexually seething young wife await the return of Rosebloom, the father of the family, who has been in prison for twenty-six years. As they wait, their hidden thoughts come alive in striking, trenchant interior monologues that project the frustrations and enmities brooding within them. The arrival of Rosebloom triggers the powerful, ritualistic culmination of the play, as past, present and future merge, and fantasy and reality are juxtaposed to illuminate the disquieting truths that are the bitter core of the play.
First presented at the Mark Taper Forum, where it was awarded the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, and then an important Off-Broadway production, this funny, chilling, eloquent in and absorbing black comedy marked the introduction of a vital new voice in the avant garde theatre. "Mr. Perr writes very well. He combines the complex musical patterns of language so dear to Albee with the punctuating pauses and subterranean violence of Pinter…intelligently persuasively written…a young writer of unmistakable brilliance." —NY Times.