Three days in the life of the lover, Mother and Grandmother of Andre who has just died of AIDS.



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Episode credited cast:
Cal Porter - Andre's Lover
Katherine Gerard - Andre's Mother
Mrs. Downs - Andre's Grandmother
Richard Venture ...
Penny - Cal's Sister
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arthur Hanket ...
Kim Shambach ...
Young Mother
Nick Smith ...
Balloon Vendor


Cal is a young writer living in New York when he meets and falls in love with Andre, an aspiring actor. Andre's mother visits from Texas, and has a hard time dealing with her son's relationship and lifestyle, despite Cal's efforts to become her friend. Andre's irascible grandmother is more accepting, but her daughter is intransigent in her disapproval. A call from Cal to Andre's mother in the middle of the night is her first indication that her son was dealing with AIDS - and was against letting her know. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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7 March 1990 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Terrence McNally originally wrote Andre's Mother as an 8-minute play which was produced by the Manhattan Theater Club in 1988. See more »


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Historically important but unwatchable
27 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a disappointment! The screenplay is so heavily stilted and pretentious that it crushes its mediocre star and sinks even gifted supporting actors. Not a single word sounds like a real, late-20th-century human being talking, but like 19th-century actors declaiming from a stage badly-written lines they've memorized but don't understand.

Richard Thomas is TERRIBLY miscast in the crucial lead role; his acting skill is far too limited to place such a ponderous burden on his slim shoulders. But even great actors like Sada Thompson and Sylvia Sidney are painfully unbelievable; the dialog is so relentlessly contrived that they can't do much more with it than Thomas does. The director Deborah Reinisch (whoever she is - she's deservedly done only minor TV work since this disaster) does nothing to help the actors cope with the impossible script.

I thank God for Terrence McNally's vital contribution to the recent dramatic changes in gay life in the United States - including this very play - and I love him dearly; but this production is a mess. It's historically important but unwatchable.

It might make for better reading than watching, and it almost surely would be better in live theatre than projected on a screen. It's so plodding and heavy-handed that the 50 minutes seemed like three hours to me.

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