Review by JACQUELINE LEVIJune 17, 2019 certified reviewer
What I liked
The relationship between Edie and Petey is very strong and real. The rapport between the actors is extraordinary. The love between mother and son and their struggles brought tears to my eyes. Kudos to Tony Foster for his humanity and very clever writing and to Marisa Obrien for her brilliant and sensitive direction.
I loved the audience participation. I loved the energy throughout the show. Everybody seemed involved and everybody seemed to enjoy every moment of it.
What I didn't like
It ended too soon and we were evacuated immediately in order to prepare the theater for the next show. There wasn’t anytime to savor what had just happened. I wish there was a bit more time to “come back” to real life before we were thrown to real life.
My overall impression
This show, “Come Back” totally blew me away. I didn’t know what to expect. From the very first scene I was totally in. It was fun, funny, endearing, energetic. The actors were committed, hilarious and very convincing. This story of the relationship between an overpowering mother, Edie (brilliantly played by Amir Levi) and her adult son, Petey (exquisitely played by Demetris Hartman) is very cleverly written. Every aspect of it is very human. It is only augmented by the fact that they both work together in show biz. The push and pull of leaving the nest is at the same time very dramatic and very funny. It is handled with a lot of finesse. The music is beautiful, the voices are great, and the play on words and Broadway very wisely integrated. This is definitely a feel good show, one not to be missed.