Already closed | 2h 20m | East Village

Mother Courage and Her Children

From 42 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Relevant

About the show

Classic Stage Company transports Brecht's timeless play about war to the modern-day Congo, starring Kecia Lewis with a new score by Tony Award-winning composer Duncan Sheik. More…

The indomitable 'Mother Courage' follows one luckless army after another across a war-torn world in her canteen wagon. She’ll do anything to hold onto her money-making wagon, even if it means the loss of her children. CSC's production of Brecht's classic tale of war, profit, and loss stars Kecia Lewis, with music by 'Spring Awakening' composer Duncan Sheik, and explores the modern day conflict in the Congo.

2h 20m | Already closed | Classic Stage Company (East Village)

Member Reviews (42)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Relevant
70
Avg Score

85
Great acting, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you enjoy fantastic performances and a fresh take on a classic play (with new music by Duncan Sheik).

Don't see it if you're easily confused. I found parts of it hard to follow, but the story is still strong and riveting.

65
Ambitious, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Had the unfortunate experience of seeing Kecia Lewis in a preview. Good actress at a troubled stage in this production. She carried script

Don't see it if As a result she didn't connect to audience as best she could if she had more prep for this role. Sad circumstances

30
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You have seen other productions of this play to compare if this update works.

Don't see it if If you've never seen this masterpiece before and if you don't like shouting as a substitute for acting.

90
Great acting, Great staging, Epic, Intense, Relevant

See it if you can be disturbed by the chaos of war and upset by man's loss of humanity.This is a powerful production of a compelling play made current

Don't see it if you are disturbed by the ugliness of human nature and destruction.If you wish to be entertained in a fluffy and pretty way and to avoid life

69
Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Intense, Indulgent

See it if u love Brecht (like I) & want to take in a rare (decent) production of a great play. You'll get a mere glimpse of what it could be here.

Don't see it if Well...I'd take the opportunity to see a Brecht masterpiece even tho it should have been better. The music for the songs -- bad, not tough.

50
Confusing, Disappointing

See it if Spirited, the human condition and survival, Africa and Brecht

Don't see it if Confusing and disjointed

56
Great writing, Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You like Brecht. The cast works hard. I saw it for Tonya Pinkins penultimate performance, and she was amazing as always.

Don't see it if The concept didn't work. It was sophomoric. Pinkins was right to leave.

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You want to see young talent in an epic classic

Don't see it if If you don't like long serious performances

30
Confusing, Banal, Slow, Dull, Riveting

See it if Tonya Pinkins gave a riveting, compelling performance. The rest of this production was a dull mess.

Don't see it if The other actors ranged from competent to bafflingly inept. The music did not fit the play or the setting.

Also I went back and saw Kecia Lewis in the part. She admirably made it thr... Read more Read less

64
Nice try, Disappointing

See it if you want to see Brecht's play updated to the war in the Congo. The exposure to that war was interesting, but didn't quite work for me.

Don't see it if you are looking for an intense theater experience. This should have been, but not sure why it just didn't get there.

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound

See it if You're a fan of Brecht and Duncan Sheik (he did the new score).

Don't see it if You're looking for a light-and-fluffy comedy.

82
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You like new takes on classic plays with fantastic acting from the star.

Don't see it if You don't like experimental takes.

60
Ambitious, Profound, Confusing

See it if you can't wait for a really good production of Brecht's masterpiece

Don't see it if you've read too much about Tonya's leaving the production and worry it will color your appreciation

80
Profound, Intense, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Riveting

See it if ...you like riveting, challenging theater. I saw it with Tonya Pinkins & I didn't understand her objections. I hear Kecia Lewis is superb!

Don't see it if ....you hate Brecht or want something mindless and easy to watch.

80
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you like Brecht or you want to see an excellent lead performance from Kecia Lewis, and a lot of strong singing from multiple cast members.

Don't see it if you don't like Brecht or you will be bothered by an occasionally hard to follow narrative, due mainly to extensive cutting, I think.

80
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an ensemble cast of great acting.

Don't see it if You don't like heavy and intense dialogue plays

39
Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Overrated

See it if If you're up for seeing an interesting attempt at an adaptation

Don't see it if You want a solid piece if theatre that is well paced as this is not. The actors are good, but the piece is a mess. The music hinders.

70
Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if you have time and energy from deep, thoughtful theater.

Don't see it if you are looking for light or entertaining fare.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Must see

See it if You enjoy flawless acting, great staging and masterful directing

Don't see it if You consider Reality Shows clever and intelligent entertainment.

82
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you enjoy a new angle for a classic anti-war play, and/or you like Duncan Sheik's music

Don't see it if your family business is in the black market or you think carpet bombing is something you use when you get bed bugs

70
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Disappointing, Great acting, Tragic

See it if you embrace unconventional interpretations of Brecht. The brilliant tragedy of this play comes across despite some unevenness.

Don't see it if It bothers you that the main actor is performing with a script. Kecia and the other cast are wonderful but they have not had enough time.

68
Ambitious, Confusing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you're interested in a classic being done very differently. Also, Michael Potts - he's always a reason to see something.

Don't see it if you can't sit through anything dense.

72
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant

See it if Amidst all the drama, watching the team pull the (invisible) wagon to tell Brecht's most well known play is , in a way, inspiring.

Don't see it if If the Brechtian style and conventions aren't your cup of tea.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if ...you are a fan of Brecht, historical, political drama, terrific staging, acting and costumes, and a timeless,compelling story.

Don't see it if ...you dislike war profiteering.

89
Funny, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy Brecht and epic theatre in a modern setting.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy political shows or intricate stories.


January 19th, 2016
"Ms. Lewis’s commanding performance would be impressive under any circumstances, but the drama surrounding her undertaking the part makes the achievement all the more remarkable...Mr. Kulick’s searing production sets the play in the 1990s in both the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic ...
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January 19th, 2016
"It is weirdly enervated and unambitious, achieving the coolness and flatness and lack of surprise that Brecht calls for but not, except at a few points, the lively horror to counter it...The staging is muddy. And while it is unreasonable to judge Kecia Lewis after just a handful of performances ...
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January 19th, 2016
"Still calling for line cues and sometimes reading from the script at a critics’ performance, Lewis nevertheless was mesmerizing as a woman addicted to survival yet able to reveal a beating heart at moments that make Brecht’s text less didactic than it often is thought to be...Duncan Sheik has wr...
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January 19th, 2016
"Kecia Lewis is a brave actress. Whether she’s a good one or not is unclear from 'Mother Courage and Her Children.' It’s impossible to tell since Lewis is clearly still finding her way in the role...Lewis has an intense gaze she uses well, but seeing a script with highlighted lines will take you ...
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