Mom's the Word

Past Perfect's most intriguing story line — a mother who hates her kids — gets lost in this unfunny comedy

By the end of Past Perfect, the playwright seems to have abandoned his interest in mother-child relationships. Dina is often present on stage, but her sphere of influence considerably weakens in favor of more predictable plotlines focusing on Seth's relationship with Charlie and Betsy's with the bottle. Even Jake the tumor seems to have more clout.

Matt Weimer (left) and Donald Currie in a scene from Past Perfect.
Kent Taylor
Matt Weimer (left) and Donald Currie in a scene from Past Perfect.

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Through May 20, Tickets are $15-25; call 861-5079 or visit www.therhino.org.
Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St. (between Mission and South Van Ness) S.F.

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Ultimately, it's almost as if Dina never gave birth. I wouldn't be surprised if the character gets to take her revenge in a future Silver play as a violent, childless harpy.

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