Already closed | 1h 40m | Midtown W

Mothers

From 42 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Intense

About the show

This satirical comedy of manners from The Playwrights Realm explodes the form, examining what happens when a group of mothers (plus a nanny and a father) are thrown into circumstances far beyond their control. More…

From the show:

The moms at Mommy-Baby Meetup are used to competing — whoever's the most devoted to her family, has the best-behaved child, and the most satisfied husband wins. But as the chaos of the outside world encroaches on their turf, passive-aggression falls by the wayside, and each mom will have to decide just how much she loves her child.

1h 40m | Already closed | The Duke on 42nd Street (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (42)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Intense
67
Avg Score

67
Insipid, Fluffy, Confusing, Banal

See it if If you like a play where the characters are not likeable. A story that is not solid.

Don't see it if Shows with good endings or shows that dont delve away from plot.

80
Original, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Slow

See it if you want an abject lesson on survivalism in the dog-eat-dog world of helicopter parenting via a clever, biting, funny & grim tragicomedy.

Don't see it if you don't want to be lured into a false sense of comfort by a caustic but funny satire only to be dragged into a bleak dystopian chiller.

60
Interesting ideas, Slow, Banal, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if for the interesting views on motherhood in the first half and to support the hard working performers.

Don't see it if logic is important to you. The situation lacks clarification. Actions like cooking bodies that seem impossible are shown without explanation

74
Dark satire, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Edgy

See it if Inhumanity toward humanity reveals what's "cooking" in the heads of young parents and another child caretaker in extreme circumstances.Stew?

Don't see it if Tonal shifts and forced plot points in confined spaces in this dark outsize satire. The point wouldn't be lost if it were more grounded.

35
Racist, Dour, Exhausting, Loud

See it if You want to see a bunch of women be horrible to one another.

Don't see it if You're interested in a cohesive play. This felt more like a cheesy comedy slapped together with a dystopian nightmare.

Also The reason I said this play was racist is that even though it was writ... Read more Read less

80
Intense, Edgy, Confusing, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy passive-aggressive comedy amongst mostly mommies

Don't see it if you want the comedy to continue.

Also The first part was very funny if slightly uncomfortable. However, the ... Read more Read less

49
Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you like a play that rivets from the reality of parenthood to some idiotic situation. no intermission so you can't really leave, darn!

Don't see it if you want to enjoy your time at the theater beyond the first 20 minutes..... and pay to feel trapped in your seat!

72
Great staging, Edgy, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are into dystopic drama.

Don't see it if violence and dystopias bother you.

Also I thought about this play for a long time after seeing it. It's a dist... Read more Read less

59
Great acting, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a sad story

Don't see it if you want a lighthearted story.

Also The playwright clearly has great insight into the thought process of n... Read more Read less

60
Nonsensical, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you like post apocalyptic dramas that ask "what you would do" if faced with the impossible. You like imagining alternate reality worlds.

Don't see it if shows that miss the mark on researching basic medical facts and/or disregard them. You don't like shows that are unnecessarily snarky

95
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Edgy, Clever

See it if You like post-apocalyptic type shows that make you think; and if you like shows that make you a little uncomfortable and fully entertained.

Don't see it if If you don't like shows that make you a little uncomfortable; this show is definitely not "fluff".

70
Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious

See it if You're looking for a show that showcases a playwright flexing their muscles and trying new stuff

Don't see it if You get annoyed at a less direct and explicit storyline. This one takes risks.

85
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Absorbing, Edgy

See it if you're interested in apocalyptic narratives and near-future scenarios. You don't mind some reality-bending sleight of hand.

Don't see it if you're expected a barrel of laughs. Uneasy laughs give way to tense moments that make the room go silent. Could be polished, but solid.

80
Must see, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing, I did not think the show was going to make me laugh at the beginning, and then leave me with the feeling of wanting icecream to decompress. i found it very dark and interesting. i enjoyed it very much, and i have recommended my friends to see it.

See it if I found the performance to be funny at the beginning, but I was taken aback with the turn of the events. The show was dark, but interesting

Don't see it if It is a must see.

75
Resonant, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You're a champion of new voices and companies like this one that are taking risks with new talent.

Don't see it if you're someone who insists upon something "making sense" and being entirely logical. This isn't that.

70
Intelligent, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Clever

See it if If you enjoy dark comedy and post-apocalyptic storylines. See it if you can handle death and be forced to think about your life views

Don't see it if You don't enjoy the plot and abstract plays.

90
Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you like being shocked and leaving the theater speechless.

Don't see it if you are easily offended.

During previews
72
Important subject matter, Some fine performances, Not ready for primetime, Messy, Brave

See it if you’d like to see a play about parenthood & the coming apocalypse that isn’t fully a success but is brave in where it takes us.

Don't see it if you like your scripts tidy: This one leaves a big mess.

Also I scored “Mothers” as highly as I did because of a few deft theatrical... Read more Read less

During previews
63
Overrated, Thought-provoking, Intense, Disappointing

See it if The Duke is a great theater for the audience. The encouragement and support of women writers is to be commended Some very good talent

Don't see it if "Mothers" does not support praise for motherhood. I was disappointed in the approach to real problem faced by mothers

During previews
76
Edgy, Ambitious, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like a play with very unexpected and dramatic twists. Starts out normally but then WOW! Not for the faint of heart. Very intense acting.

Don't see it if you are pregnant or have a baby at home. Some very upsetting scenes. I won't say more.

During previews
60
Great acting, A first draft

See it if Becomes more "alive" later on, when apocalypse occurs & characters become aggressive over food for them & their kids. Great cast/well acted.

Don't see it if Before that, scenes drag with lethargic pacing. Could benefit from judicious cuts. Didn't understand last quick scene (with porridge?)

Also The "shocking" surprise involved what happened to a teddy bear.

During previews
53
Horrifying, Not believable, Loud, Depressing, Excruciating

See it if You enjoy plays with totally unlikeable characters in unbelievable situations.

Don't see it if You aren’t in the mood to see a doomsday play that includes horrific violence and cannabalism ! You need a strong stomach to sit thru this !

During previews
47
All over the place

See it if You like plays that show crazy parents in action and end of the World walking dead type situations

Don't see it if You are squeamish and don’t typically like grotesque scenes

Also This is an hour and 45 minutes with no intermission. It was entirely t... Read more Read less

During previews
74
Moms in playground face gruesome future

See it if Play turns from a banal playground gathering to a dystopian vision of survival in war. The moms are contentious before and after the change.

Don't see it if I thought the play was dramatic but the beginning was a bit tedious. After the change in tone, it became gruesome and disturbing.

During previews
84
Cringe-worthy, Riveting, Great acting, Funny, Intense

See it if you are interested in a show about trivial parental disagreements that suddenly shift into dystopian horror. Quite a roller coaster ride.

Don't see it if it disturbs you to see a hamster eat its young.

Also I had no idea what to expect walking into the theater. I thought I was... Read more Read less


September 25th, 2019
"Mommy and Me and the Apocalypse: A barbed comedy takes a grim turn when friends find themselves tested over how far they’ll go to defend their choices and protect their children."
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September 26th, 2019
4/5 Stars "Satire turns to horror in Anna Moench's new play"
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September 25th, 2019
"'Mothers,' Where the Apocalypse Feels Familiar:
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September 25th, 2019
"In 'Mothers,' Ordinary Mothers Lead Ordinary Lives — Until They Don't: Anna Moench brings a shocking new play about motherhood and survival to Playwrights Realm."
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Cast & Creatives (3)