The Mother
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The Mother

The Mother NYC Reviews and Tickets

(113 Reviews)
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Great acting, Confusing, Disappointing, Absorbing, Intense

About the Show

Academy Award nominee Isabelle Huppert and Golden Globe Award nominee Chris Noth star in Atlantic's disquieting new play about a woman grasping for stability.

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677 Reviews | 187 Followers
Oedipal, Slow, Somber, Disappointing, Great lead performance

See it if you want to see Huppert give a chilling performance as a devouring, possessive mother in a drug-addled descent as she deals with separation.

Don't see it if you'll feel unfulfilled by the lack of emotional impact or genuine feelings; you expect any new or original insights into the Mother Complex

567 Reviews | 146 Followers
Great staging, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Absorbing

See it if Middle-aged isolated wife feels most alluring when reminded she is mother to prized son.Actor of international acclaim takes on Not-Broadway

Don't see it if Untrustworthy is any sequence appearing onstage (time shifts; incest) as perspective might prove to be from a woman taking a mental pause. Read more

461 Reviews | 710 Followers
Bold, Intelligent, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you're looking for a bold, new work that's challenging and unusual.

Don't see it if you prefer a traditional narrative, or you have trouble with accents.

488 Reviews | 125 Followers
Repetitive, Edgy, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you feel compelled to see everything Huppert; you prefer hysteria to naturalistic acting. Sorry, I cannot think of any other reasons.

Don't see it if This play can't save Huppert and Huppert can't save the play. Both are so overblown to the point of farce, difficult to take seriously. Read more

456 Reviews | 256 Followers
Overrated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you are the president of the Isabelle Huppert fan club.

Don't see it if you have other theatre options. Uses repetitive scenes which grow tiresome after a while. Unsympathetic characters. Shades of incest.

443 Reviews | 67 Followers
Pointless, Slow, Boring, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you are BIG fans of any of the actors.Other than that, avoid it.Dull,rambling,self-indulgent.Everytime it started to move, it died again

Don't see it if you can avoid it.Pompous & empty.Script went in 12 different directions.That'd be fine if I ever cared for a second what happened to anyone.

410 Reviews | 71 Followers
Absurdist mental illness, Huppert excellent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Every scene gets a take and retake in an obsessive mother’s mind as she progressively decompensates into mental confusion.

Don't see it if You want a realistic drama where everything is as it seems. French accent sometimes hard to understand.

392 Reviews | 72 Followers
Intense, Riveting, Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if great performance by Huppert as a bitter wife & mother whose mental health is deteriorating & who has a disturbing obsession with her son

Don't see it if you want a traditional linear plot - scenes repeat with variations that make you question reality; want a happy story not an unsettling one

Critic Reviews (30)

The New York Times
March 11th, 2019

“It is not a tidy performance. And it almost rips the seams out of Zeller’s carefully measured study of one woman’s disintegration. But there’s no denying that Huppert’s Anne is compulsively watchable, even as she drags you, squirming, clean out of your comfort zone...Huppert fills the stage in a hallucinogenic blaze of activity...She’ll take you scary places you didn’t know existed. You may not want to follow, but when a performance is this committed, you really don’t have a choice.”
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Time Out New York
March 11th, 2019

"Zeller is presumably aiming for Pinteresque poignancy, but the play winds up in Freud 101, right down to its Oedipal core...As her bipolar bitchiness gives way to despair, confusion and fantasy, the pace slows to a slog. A so-called 'black farce,' this downer of a play is only fitfully funny and almost completely lacking in feeling. By the end, it's hard to tell what's actually happening and what's in Anne's head, but there’s a good chance that your own brain will have checked out long before."
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The Hollywood Reporter
March 11th, 2019

“The great Huppert is such a uniquely fascinating stage creature she almost makes it possible to overlook the stiff mechanics of Zeller's psychodrama and its familiar structural tricks...Cullman's taut production...does a fine job of dressing up the thin text with stylish design elements...Huppert vastly outshines the material, but watching a consummate artist execute even a transparent dramatic exercise such as this one can be mesmerizing.”
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Entertainment Weekly
March 11th, 2019

“Don’t be surprised about the Oedipal vibe to ‘The Mother’, which gets weird, but Smith and Huppert are so good together that you can’t wait for him to get on stage so they can do their creepy mother/son dance all over again...With its fluid use of time and very dark humor, ‘The Mother’ is certainly not for everyone, but being able to see the legendary Huppert on stage doing a full Huppert Performance and Smith’s future promise is certainly worth the price of admission.”
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March 11th, 2019

"’The Mother’ is undone not so much by her losses as by the accumulation of knowledge and flashes of insight that she acquires — into her husband’s betrayals, her son’s withdrawal and into her own unraveling mind...This turns out to be an upsetting play rather than an engaging one, and if it weren’t for Huppert’s mesmerizing performance, it might send you out of the theater and screaming into the night.”
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The Observer
March 12th, 2019

"A pile of incomprehensible gibberish...If you take the dare and suffer through 'The Mother,' I’m willing to bet you’ll wish you’d stayed home...Huppert enlivens every minute...Mostly a series of shrieks that are boring enough to be numbing, and the ugly set by Wendland is nothing more than a long white sofa that breaks into sections to allow for multiple shrieks at the same time...The dialogue isn’t worth hearing anyway...You go away from 'The Mother' baffled but exhausted."
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March 11th, 2019

“A psychologically incisive look at a middle-aged mother's clinical depression, but never fully delivers the searing poignancy we expect...Once you grasp its structural gimmick early on, there's nowhere left for ‘The Mother’ to go but down, and Zeller doesn't offer many surprises...Overall, the cumulative effect of ‘The Mother’ is like watching a slow-motion car wreck: at times fascinating to gawk at, but leaving us none the wiser as we drive by.”
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March 12th, 2019

"As the audience enters...she is on stage with a book in her hand, occasionally perusing it as she sits on one end of the stage-length couch...the major set piece of director Cullman's tense production...Mother's depression-fueled mood swings are handled with extraordinary finesse by Huppert...The tragedy of her illness, as depicted in the play, is that her behavior pushes away those who aren't willing to deal with the fact that it's the disease that is making her so cold and needy."
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