Monday, August 18, At 7:30 P.M.
By Amy Herzog
Directed by Francis Gercke
21 year-old Leo hauls his bike up the steps of his Grandmother’s Greenwich Village apartment building and rings the doorbell – at 3 a.m. Vera, 91, isn’t expecting any visitors, much less her scruffy, road weary grandson, but she puts her consternation and confusion on hold while she goes back to her bedroom to put in her dentures and compose herself. Leo, at the end of a cross-country road trip, is looking for a place to crash, because, while he’s arrived at his destination, he is one lost soul – the trip was traumatic and his girlfriend just dumped him.
Grandmother and grandson negotiate the distance of their 70-year generation gap to forge a decent relationship in spite of, or because of, their shared history of painful family relationships. She’s an unrepentant ’20′s Lefty, still stubborn and mentally sharp, and Leo is an eco-friendly neo-hippie who makes a point of not owning a cellphone. Over the course of a month, these two unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder and ultimately reach each other.
Leo has a couple of visitors, one a girl he meets in a club and invites back to Vera’s, and the other is Bec, the girl who dumped him, and neither escapes Vera’s radar. Grandmother may have trouble remembering words, but she’s astute enough to grant sanctuary to a fragile and troubled young man in need of some compassion.
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“WHAT A PLEASURE…(LEO AND VERA) MOVINGLY ACCOMPANY EACH OTHER DOWN THE TRAIL OF HERZOG’S IMPRESSIVELY MAPPED-OUT DRAMA” - Los Angeles Times
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