Dramaworks' drama 'Marigolds' blooms with Turnbull's stellar turn

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Dramaworks' drama 'Marigolds' blooms with Turnbull's stellar turn

Jan 12 2012
Phillip Valys | Sun-Sentinel

Let's nail this comparison down first: Beatrice Hunsdorfer might not outclass Norman Bates' mother for meanest matriarch ever committed to fiction, but she sure is a stinker. Hunsdorfer is the monstrous single mom who, over two vicious acts and with increasingly bizarre displays of desperation, proceeds to crush her children's ambitions in Paul Zindel's Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds." Running through Jan. 29 at Palm Beach Dramaworks... ...Kudos to set designer Mike Amico, who has transformed the Hunsdorfer's household into a shut-in's paradise... ...Although "Marigolds" is technically an ensemble piece, it might as well be a one-woman showstopper given the abundance of strong dialogue thrust upon Turnbull. This isn't a slight against the play, or even a foible: Turnbull is stunning as an unraveled, unwilling mom who kills ambition faster than government welfare, and her supporting cast of daughters is top-notch, especially Nanny (Harriet Oser, who radiates even in a non-speaking role), the elderly live-in who's the latest in a series of boarders Beatrice has taken in to supplement her income...