So who are the Levinsons? They're a Jewish-American bicoastal family that doesn't cry and doesn't quit. Parents Lil and Lenny are enjoying retirement in their California condo (realistically recreated by scenic designer Michael Hoover). But they wish that their daughter Rosie, a TV sitcom writer living in NYC, would visit more often with her young adult daughter Sara (a spoiled and selfish brat, the kind that gives millennials a bad name). They get their wish when Rosie loses her job and temporarily moves in with the folks to help them with their increasingly serious health issues. Both mother/daughter pairs have thorny relationships and are forced by proximity and circumstance to try to better them. Caregiver Grace, who happens to be a transgender woman, comes into the family and helps them to grow closer, while Lenny learns to "swallow his pride and his prejudice."
|Rosie and her dad (Melinda Kordich and Robert Dorfman,
photo by Sarah Whiting)
The Levinsons are a realistic and familiar family, mildly dysfunctional but also loving; they're there for each other when it counts. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll likely recognize your own family somewhere.
We Are the Levinsons continues at the Highland Park Center Theater through May 14.