Picks and Pans Review: The Laundromat
HBO (Monday, April 1, 10 p.m. ET)
Robert Altman, the director, brought you the gloomy Nashville. Marsha Norman, the writer, wrote the play 'night, Mother, about a miserable woman who commits suicide after whining at length. What a fun couple. Together they give you the odd and unhappy tale of two gloomy, miserable women who end up in an all-night laundromat: Carol Burnett as a mousy teacher and Amy (Places in the Heart) Madigan as a jilted greaser's moll; all they have in common are sad secrets about their men. The actresses give it their all, but the dialogue they're working with is often self-conscious and so is the direction, turning the camera for long, uninteresting takes on a radio or a sleeping attendant. This is the sort of play that would start off-Broadway and never make it to the Great White Way—for a reason.
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