A close-knit New England family is shaken to its core when a minor misunderstanding spirals out of control. Max and Barry, brothers, find themselves at odds when Barry's wife, Patty, misinterprets a dinner invitation, feels she was deliberately excluded and embarks on a full-scale scorched-earth policy of truthtelling. Max's girlfriend, Jennifer, and mother, Lydia, are drawn into the fray as loyalties shift and relationships are ruthlessly examined. Patty's campaign to cut through accepted family truths forces them all to confront awkward sexual attraction, long-ago affairs, debilitating illness and, finally, a reconfigured family. Wonderful World probes the subterranean truths of an American family and ultimately affirms the mysterious powerful bonds that hold a family together. Unit set. Two acts. Approximate running time: 2 hours .
"[Dresser] sets up an ascending sequence of increasingly bizarre and wildly hilarious scenes in which his characters,two brothers, their respective spouses, and their mom,try by hook or by crook to convince the others to see things their way… It's bright