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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 !
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
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.
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.