The Commons of Pensacola at MTC
Jessica and I went to see The Commons of Pensacola, the latest production at MTC starring Blythe Danner and Jessica Sarah Parker. The play was written by Amanda Peet, her debut as a playwright.
The play centers around the new home of Judith located in the Gulf Coast of Florida. Judith is the mother who had lived quite a life before her husband lost millions of his clients money through a supposed ponzi scheme. The play essentially is about the Madoff scandal and what it would be like to be the wife and the daughters, supposedly victims too, of their father/husband.
The writing is clever and humorous yet there are so many dysfunctional things going on in this family regardless of the challenges that life has brought for them. In the aftermath of this huge scandal there have been a few novels written with the Madoff family in mind. Even Mrs Madoff and her son have appeared on Sixty Minutes to let the public get a look at what their life is now and their own personal remorse for something they supposedly knew nothing of. An interesting topic to pick.
More important, Parker and Danner are wonderful to watch. Both superb actresses that work well together. Seeing them act in such a small setting is alone worth going to see. Two icons of acting are always worth seeing live.
Even Mrs Madoff and her son have appeared on Sixty Minutes to let the public get a look at what their life is now and their own personal remorse for something they supposedly knew nothing of.I watched that interview and felt sorry for Ruth. I thought she was very real.I can tell you that from my experience in business over the years I can fully see how she didn’t have any idea of what was going on.My point is not that she definitely did not know, but I would say it is more probable that she didn’t know than she did. And things are not black and white. She might have thought something was fishy but not to the point of putting much effort into digging into what was going on. (Which could potentially ruin a good relationship).Any woman that I have been with, even my current wife, has not wanted to know any details of anything that I am involved in.  They are smart women but just don’t care for the specifics or ask questions. You are different. Also keep in mind that Madoff fooled many people and that her sons were also involved in the business as well. That an additional trust point. It’s “you take care of that stuff”. It’s “where do I sign” etc. I mean I don’t know or dig into the things that she manages either. You only have so much time to keep on top of things there is an implied trust.
I completely agree with you. There is an implied trust as relationships move forward. My guess is most people know somethings up but not sure how far to dig b/c not sure they want to know.
By the way before the Joe Paterno scandal I had an idea for a play that would be called “Joe Paternos wife”  which basically would be about any woman whose life is totally centered around her husband. Unfortunately I’m not a playwright.. It’s ironic how that story ended for Joe’s wife. Not something I anticipated when I first came up with the idea. I mean can you imagine being married to a guy like that? The tag line was going to be “Joe’s got a game today”.