Playwright Mark Saltzman (“Sesame Street”) may have numerous Emmys under his belt, but this story (sold as a comedic mystery) often feels more pedagogical and over-explanatory than action-packed. This could be due to director Wayne Mell’s indecision on whether to fully embrace the more slapstick aspects of the script or the heavier themes of brotherhood; not only are the titular Collyers brothers with issues, so are the NYPD cops assigned to the case when one Collyer turns up dead and another goes missing. Additionally, the success of the reality show “Hoarders” means that set designer Andrei Onegin is challenged with presenting the audience with an overflowing mansion (more than 130 tons recovered!) that outdoes what we’ve seen on television. While Onegin’s set is impressively packed, there’s plenty of room to expand. As the eccentric brothers, Andrew J. Pond and Edward Kuffert provide a number of engaging scenes (both comedic and moving), but the implementation of Saltzman’s repeated switching of time and location is distracting. (Zach Freeman)
MadKap Productions at Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 North Lincoln, (773)404-7336. $40. Through March 11.