Fishing out an old Woody Allen stage play some years later and filming it for television might have seemed like a good idea at the time, and with a cast list like this how could it fail?
Unfortunately, it ends up being a pretty unsuccessful affair. The 4:3 angle, and the suffocatingly small studio set, render nearly all of the performances as toe-curling amateur farce, and whilst the script has some great one-liners, most of them are lost beneath layers of mugging and pathetically out-of-breath mannerisms which lend no credence whatsoever to the situation or the characters.
This is a pretty embarrassing CV entry for all concerned, and even die-hard Woody Allen fans will find very little to sustain their attention for over 90 minutes. The one saving grace is Julie Kavner, who, drawing on her vast TV studio experience with the likes of smash-hit 'Rhoda' under her belt, manages to create a very funny, believable and watchable character. But this only serves to highlight just how howlingly bad some of the other performances are.