JOSHUA, professor of semantics, is Jewish; MARTHA is Gentile. They were married and are now separated. CONNIE is their daughter struggling to be a comedienne. Her humour is sophisticated and sardonic. She's not having much success. She returns home for comfort, hoping to understand and reconcile her confused and confusing background.
Her mother, attempting to dabble in the stock market, is a closet anti-Semite. JOSHUA returns to persuade his estranged wife to forgive and forget and invest money in his wild scheme: a project to build a machine that will detect true character through the inflections of the human voice. MARTHA tries but cannot bring herself to like or respect him. He is too uncomfortable a personality.
The play argues that anti-Semitism, like stupidity, is here to stay.
John Peter, The Sunday Times.
ideas are intriguing ...the play has a genuine intellectual vitality
that keeps the audience on its toes ... demonstrates Wesker's unquenchable
theatrical energy ...
Michael Billington, The Guardian.