Review: Motherhood Out Loud

A collection of short plays celebrate moms' trials and tribulations.

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  • Photograph: James Leynse

    Motherhood Out Loud

    Motherhood Out Loud at 59E59

  • Photograph: James Leynse

    Motherhood Out Loud

    Motherhood Out Loud at 59E59

  • Photograph: James Leynse

    Motherhood Out Loud

    Motherhood Out Loud at 59E59

  • Photograph: James Leynse

    Motherhood Out Loud

    Motherhood Out Loud at 59E59

Photograph: James Leynse

Motherhood Out Loud

Motherhood Out Loud at 59E59

Time Out Ratings

<strong>Rating: </strong>2/5

For an anthology show that purports to celebrate maternity, it's telling that the two most powerful pieces are written by men. David Cale's Elizabeth, about a middle-aged man who moves back in with his senile mother, and Marco Pennette's If We're Using a Surrogate, How Come I'm the One with Morning Sickness, centering on an extremely neurotic gay dad, are insightful, moving and leave you wanting more—something that can't be said about the rest of this grab bag of playlets.

Despite the involvement of several highly accomplished female playwrights (including Brooke Berman, Jessica Goldberg, Theresa Rebeck and Beth Henley), most of the entries feel like they're still gestating. Instead of fleshed-out situations and characters, we get a parade of parenting clichs—the cross-dressing son, the sleep deprived mom, the resentful mother-in-law—all of which have been covered with more depth and originality on dozens of mommy blogs.

The four ensemble members are pros (the always versatile Lecesne fares best) and never embarrass themselves, regardless of what they have to say, like earnestly comparing motherhood to Kegel exercises (really?). Though clearly heartfelt, the predictable Motherhood Out Loud ultimately has very little to shout about.

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59E59. Conceived by Susan R. Rose and Joan Stein. Dir. Lisa Peterson. With Mary Bacon, Saidah Arrika Ekulona, Randy Graff, James Lecesne. 1hr 30mins. No intermission. See complete event information

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