Maxine (Lozoff) can’t figure it out. She’s not sure she wants to. Someone or something has been leaving things for Maxine in a culvert just outside the trailer park. Things she and her family (Chester, Flynn, Friedrichs) need: socks for her kids, toilet paper, milk, dog food. They’re all things she’d either have to spend her meager paycheck on or steal. She has stolen before out of desperation but stealing is stealing, thieves are thieves. In fact, the whole damn town, including her boss (Armstrong) knows about her and they don’t take kindly to that kind of behavior. Some think she’s no-good. Even Maxine thinks she’s no-good. The one person who does seem to believe in her, in her own odd way, is her best friend, Yolanda (Russoli). How’s she supposed to justify accepting a whole box of frozen dinners or oil for the pick-up? More importantly, how’s she supposed to convince herself that she’s worthy, that she’s better than no-good?
November 13, 2011