Mr. Parker

Here’s why GenX shouldn’t date Millennials, periodt.

By Andrew Andrews

Derek Smith and Davi Santos in Penguin Rep’s production of Michael McKeever’s Mr. Parker , directed by Joe Brancato at Theatre Row in Hell’s Kitchen. Original photos by John Quilty.

Seven short months ago, 54-year-old Terrance Parker signed the orders to end life support for his husband Jeffrey, following a car accident on the West Side Highway that left the accomplished painter and photographer all but dead.

Now Terry is standing in Jeffrey’s old studio apartment in the East Village, which they never gave up after moving uptown to The Ansonia many, many years ago.

Also standing in the studio is… Kevin? Very naked and much, much younger than Terry.

“Kevin” is actually Justin, the bartender from the widower’s first night out alone since he stopped being the second half of “Jeff & Terry.”

Now the older man wants the younger to disappear, but the latter wants to stay and spend the day together. Justin claims to really like Terry, but Terry is still trying to make sense of it all.

After meeting each other repeatedly over the following weeks, Justin is content with non-commitment, but despite burgeoning generational differences and warnings from Jeffrey’s sister Cassie, it looks like Terry might be starting to view this rebound relationship as something more promising.

Derek Smith and Mia Matthews on the set designed by David Goldstein.

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Andrew Andrews attended Mr. Parker at Theatre Row Theatre One in Manhattan on Thursday, June 2, 2022 @ 7:00pm to write this review.