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Daughters of the Mock

Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Edgy
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Critics
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4 reviews
Members
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23 reviews
 

Negro Ensemble Company revives this 1978 drama about three generations of black women from Louisiana battling over tradition and modernity.

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Amanita and Maneda, two members of the youngest generation, have reached an age where they are interested in pursuing romantic relationships with men. But in this household such a choice comes with an enormous catch. Maumau, the grandmother, rules over the house and her progeny with an iron will that she imposes through a "mock" or curse, an elaborate Vodoun ritual.

 

Cast & Creatives (11)


Reviews (27)

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80
Theatre is Easy

"Though 'Daughters of the Mock' seems to take place in the present, it gives the air of a past era, which at times becomes confusing, bordering on distracting. However, Denise Yvonne Dowse's direction keeps the stage active, mirroring the emotional journey of these five captivating actresses. The women all have excellent chemistry…Negro Ensemble Company consistently produces quality and timely theater by highly talented actors, and 'Daughters of the Mock' is no exception.” Full Review

75
New York Theatre Review

"A powerful drama...It’s horrifying, high-concept stuff that recalls Greek tragedy, but for the most part director Denise Yvonne Dowse and her actors keep the play grounded in the women’s emotional reality and maternal bonds...Edith Jason powerfully embodies Mau Mau’s dual natures as doddering hippie grandma and primordial goddess of the bayou...The four women make a powerful quartet...I feel like the production could have benefited from a more intimate setting." Full Review

80
New York Theatre Wire

"Mason crafted a play that approximates the dimensions of a Greek tragedy but also infused it with 1970s black feminist sensibilities. Her language oscillates between poetic ritual and realistic discourse...Dowse directed a well-paced production in which the actors could fully explore the emotional range of their characters...Forty years later, it is worth reflecting on the trajectory of black women and their influence on African-American society and American culture at-large." Full Review

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Caribbean News Life

"Directed by Denise Yvonne Dowse, this saga is a bit of a puzzle in its complexities...'Daughters of the Mock' is a drama filled with mysteries and concealment...Whether puzzled, confused, intrigued and/or entertained, 'Daughters of the Mock' is worth its unraveling. Go see it!" Full Review

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76
Avg Score

55
Edgy, Intense, Cliched, Slow, Uneven

See it if you like intense 2-act dramas. Acting was very disjointed. Older daughter: Excellent. Younger daughter: Ok, but in-&-out of southern accent.

Don't see it if anything occult turns you off. Mom: Forgot and/or mixed-up her lines all nite. Grandmother: HORRENDOUS Asian accent trying to pass as Cajun.

Also We were SO looking forward to this revival, but the uneven acting dest... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you are curios about this meeting of mysteries and modern life that was written 40 years ago but still remains relevant today.

Don't see it if powerful women taking back their own disturbs you.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if It made one think.. fascinating concept great acting no males in the cast

Don't see it if it needs more publicity.. at the old Pearl theater site

69
Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if if you like shows about family "traditions" and voodoo.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you don't like anything about voodoo

79
Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a play about three generations of women and the secrets they maintain. You want to see some great intense acting.

Don't see it if You don't like a play that is based on three generations of women and some secrets that are a big part of their lives.

12
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Cliched, Dated

See it if You just love Afro-American theatre without regard to quality.

Don't see it if You want good writing, believable characters, and thoughtful direction.

Also The story made no sense, the characters were not believable and the ac... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you support mission of Negro Ensemble Company and all-strong-woman cast/feminist theme. Carries Doll's House/Woman Who Was Me to next level.

Don't see it if you dislike all black or all women casts, feminist and other women's themes, humorless drama with no music or dance or old rickety theatre.

85
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound, Riveting, Great writing

See it if You're looking for a challenging play that has the guts to explore complex themes revealing unsettling aspects of human nature.

Don't see it if You're looking for a simple play that shies away from the darker sides of the human experience.

83
Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if You want an intense family drama.

Don't see it if You don't like all female casts.

94
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if U want a most unusual subject about voodoo & family relationships strained by tradition in a new age. U want well acted intense drama.

Don't see it if U are uncomfortable with subject of sorcery. U just want light hearted comedy or musical type of show.

Also A revival play from 1970's presented as Negro Ensemble Company's 50th ... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Riveting

See it if You are comfortable seeing a dramatic play with all-female, all-black cast that touches on the subject of voodoo

Don't see it if You dislike black or all-female plays

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if YOU LIKE SUSPENSFUL AS WELL AS INTENSITY THEATER TO ITS HIGHEST LEVEL.ALL THE CAST MEMBERS WERE ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC.A MUST SEE SHOW.

Don't see it if IF YOU DON'T WANT TO SEE A PLAY ABOUT WOMEN AND THEIR SITUATIONS AND FEELINGS ABOUT THEIR LIVES AS WELL AS THEIR INSECURITIES.

76
Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if You like epic stories, like modern Greek tragedy, beautifully realized.

Don't see it if You don't like drama.

77
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if Like stories about family and hidden secrets

Don't see it if Are not interested in stories about the spiritual world

78
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you like plays that are intense and put a dark twist on the family dynamic.

Don't see it if you like light hearted shows or plays with an uplifting storyline.

81
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy seeing good acting by strong African-American women, with emotional and mesmerizing performances by the ensemble.

Don't see it if You want a logical realistic play or want something lighthearted.

Also I thought the play itself was problematic, but the production was very... Read more Read less

76
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You like to see young talent

Don't see it if you expect a polished production

68
Edgy, Intense, Slow, Uneven acting

See it if You really like generational dramas, seeing an all-female cast, dark feminist themes, and/or voodoo/curses.

Don't see it if You're looking for something lighthearted and uplifting.

Also The acting was uneven. The actress playing the older daughter is excel... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Mysterious

See it if If you are interested in family dynamics between older and younger generations. How the current generation deals with a past decision.

Don't see it if You don't like family oriented dramas that contains a mystery that affects current generations.

78
Edgy, Intelligent, Very good acting but unevenly cast

See it if you are willing to read between the lines to see a very originally conceived and well, but sketchily scripted play

Don't see it if You won't appreciate the sometimes impressive acting without longer scenes or a more polished production.

80
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Profound, Slow

See it if You like classics and believe in magic.

Don't see it if You are expecting light topics, typical storyline, predictable.

97
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Riveting

See it if You want to see something different from the norm and interestesx in seeing 3 different generations battle for their points of views.

Don't see it if You don't like intense dramas and don't like voodoo.

Also The acting was SUPERB! The pace of the show was steady and keeps you s... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if Over all it was a good show. If your into the mysteries of voodoo, curses and spells of the Louisiana bayous . Then this is the play for you

Don't see it if If you have a phobia about voodoo, curses and spells then this is not for you . There is a ritual that is acted out on stage and a curse.