THE STORY: Mr. Green, an elderly, retired dry cleaner, wanders into New York traffic and is almost hit by a car driven by Ross Gardiner, a 29-year-old corporate executive. The young man is given a community service of helping the recent widower once a week for six months. What starts as a comedy about two men who do not want to be in the same room together becomes a gripping and moving drama as they get to know each other, come to care about each other, and open old wounds they’ve been hiding and nursing for years. Translated into 22 languages, with over 200 productions in large and small venues, it has won numerous best play and best actor awards throughout the world.
“A cannily crafted comedy-melodrama about friendship, family, and forgiveness. Baron’s play runs like a well-oiled express.” —NY Newsday. “Very simply, a great, beautiful, essential moment of theatre. It grabs us at the beginning and doesn’t let us go until the end.” —France Soir. “A wise, absorbing and funny play that packs quite a punch. Sparks fly.” —Sunday Telegraph (Australia). “Delicate, compact and compelling. A powerful play.” —Volkskrant (Holland). “A modern classic like this comes along once in a blue moon. A crowd pleaser, pure and simple.” —In Theatre. “Baron tells his tale with a discerning freshness and originality. One of the best shows around.” —Chicago Daily Herald. “It is doubtful you are likely to encounter a play more enjoyable, more honestly funny and in the end, more moving than this delightful two-hander by Jeff Baron.” —Johannesburg Citizen.