Yes, Virginia is a two-woman comedy tour de force playing at the Dorie Theatre in Hollywood, starring Mindy Sterling and Arnetia Walker.
These women are outstanding actresses, delivering impeccable performances under Stan Zimmerman’s keen direction. The play, inspired by Zimmerman’s own mother, deals with aging and dementia in a caring, sensitive fashion.
Virginia Campbell (Walker) is Denise Miller’s (Sterling) long time housekeeper who still shows up for work after being let go. What transpires between these two is a loving, concerned friendship.
Zimmerman, who co-wrote Yes, Virginia with Christian McLaughlin, is a powerhouse with innumerable credits, including Golden Girls (is he really old enough for that credit?), A Very Brady Sequel and Gilmore Girls. His following is fiercely loyal, and for good reason: Zimmerman always delivers.
The energy was palpable from the moment this reviewer stepped into the theatre. Once the play began, the audience was captivated. We cared about the women, we worried about their forgetfulness, their distrust of each other, their connection with their children and the eventual solution to their dilemmas. We understood their fears.
And yet, the play was funny, written and performed with a gentle sweetness.
The set design, created by producer Stefani Nicole Von Huben, is simple but inviting. Everyone associated with the show has an impressive entertainment background, and a genuine respect for each other, which certainly affects the production.
Run, don’t walk, tosee “Yes, Virginia” Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm through December 30 at the Dorie Theatre located a 6474 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood. Visit BrownPaperTickets.com for tickets.