In Previews: Opens Sep 25 | 1h 40m | Midtown W


From 19 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Disappointing, Funny, Ambitious, Edgy

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 | In Previews: Opens Sep 25 | The Duke on 42nd Street (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (19)


Great acting, Disappointing, Funny, Ambitious, Edgy
Avg Score

During previews
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

During previews
Somewhat unbelievable, Inconsistent, Disappointing, Relevant, Good acting

See it if you like plays that critically analyze Millennials coping with society, motherhood, relationships & class and total apocalypse.

Don't see it if you dislike repugnant characters with inconsistent traits & dialog & a jarring apocalypse that "takes" you out of the reality of the play.

During previews
Good acting, Disturbing, Disjointed, Too long, Disappointing

See it if you want 2 plays in 1: (1) a satire about competitive mothering at toddler day care, and (2) a dystopian apocalypse brutality. Very bizarre.

Don't see it if you want thoughtful theater. Despite very good acting, the writing sinks this painfully pathological tale which morphs into war & chaos.

During previews
Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if if you have a child in the play

Don't see it if you want to see awell directed play that has a message.

Also I kept looking at my watch and moving in my seat - waiting for the pla... Read more Read less

During previews
Disturbing, Resonant, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you are ready to be challenged, you can go from laughter to tears to fear without flinching

Don't see it if you want something banal and easy to digest

During previews
Ultimate inhumanity, Intense dystopian nightmare

See it if you can survive a 1 hr 40 min. war b/w 4 unrelated moms, 1 dad, 5 kids & unseen monsters offstage. The 1 survivor closes w/ Goodnight Moon.

Don't see it if dislike characters who pretend to love their kids but literally sacrifice them.

Also I struggled grading this extremely well-acted drama (particularly supe... Read more Read less

During previews
Interesting but overlong and tedious

See it if you want to see a play that at least superficially involves parenting.

Don't see it if you have a low tolerance for disjointed narrative.

Also There's a good satire to be made from the competition among mothers ov... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched

See it if you want to see an overly long play that has too many plots and not enough coherence.

Don't see it if if you want to see one play. This play is 2 or 3 different plays mashed together.

Also The first hour is an introduction to the unpleasant characters. The la... Read more Read less

During previews
Refreshing, Quirky, Fluffy, Funny, Delightful

See it if you don't mind a bit of a funky dystopia

Don't see it if you need a straightforward drama or a musical

Also It's punk theater at its best, not for the faint of heart.

During previews
Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if into a play seemingly inspired by the question - should we even bring children to this horrible world?

Don't see it if expecting a cohesive play

Also In the first half of the play, which ... Read more Read less

During previews
Such excellent acting, first half great.

See it if you want to see a very well acted,witty first half and can put up with a volte-face in the second which does not work well and is disturbing

Don't see it if you don't like future apocalyptic second halves of plays....

During previews
Dark, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You're not afraid of dark, gruesome shows, you like political shows and thinking about it afterwards.

Don't see it if You want a lighthearted show. The show relies on audiences being able to use their imagination in some aspects, but the themes are topical.

During previews
Edgy, Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You like intelligent. Serious issues were dealt with through humor,great staging, and creativity. The show was very thought provoking. Wow

Don't see it if If you don’t want to see great playwriting performed. I marvel at the authors capacity to raise so many complicated women’s issues. Great

“Mothers” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

Cast & Creatives (3)