By Wendy Rosenfield
for the Inquirer
Terrence McNally has a long history with Philadelphia-area audiences, premiering several of his plays here (he opened four at Philadelphia Theatre Company). For his newest, Mothers and Sons, he partners with a theater having its own sort of world premiere this season, Bucks County Playhouse.
In a way, it's an ideal partnership for this work - a theater revisiting its history as a tryout house, and a playwright revisiting his characters.
In 1990, McNally wrote a short drama, "Andre's Mother," about Andre Gerard, a promising young actor dead of AIDS, his mother Katharine, his partner Cal, and the uneasy connection among them. The piece was later expanded into a PBS American Playhouse drama, then presumably tucked away for 20 years.