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. More…
Can one love one’s son too much? Anne has given everything to the family she’s built. Now the years have gone by, and her children have grown up and have lives and loves of their own, leaving her alone in a world that is crumbling around her. Written by acclaimed French writer Florian Zeller and translated by Christopher Hampton, "The Mother" will leave you questioning the very nature of reality.
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
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.
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.
Also Huppert taking generous liberties of space onstage is thrilling.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See it if you like Isabelle Huppert. Her performance is riveting and worth the time even though I felt no empathy towards her character.
Don't see it if you would be uncomfortable watching a character overtly flirting with her son. I felt uncomfortable at times.
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
See it if you just have to see Isabelle Huppert on stage.
Don't see it if you expect to understand Isabelle Huppert French accent from anywhere other than the front row of the theater.
See it if You’re a fan of Isabelle Huppert. She’s a force of nature in the show, whether you like the show, her character, or the central premise.
Don't see it if You want a linear plot line. It dissolves, twists, repeats...you’re uncomfortable with the idea of incest, mental illness, or dementia.
See it if you love full out, committed acting.Huppert is brilliant and as always takes risks on stage.Here they work in a difficult and confusing play
Don't see it if you aren't interested in psychopathology or disturbed relationships.The play is only about Huppert's character.Everyone else is a reflection
See it if You want to see the talented Huppert crush this physically & emotionally challenging role See if you are ok with muddy reality & anxiety
Don't see it if You would be bothered by a lot of repetition of events from different perspectives or if you would get restless with tons of dysfunction
See it if I chose to see this show because of the Atlantic Theater, the author & the cast including Isabelle Huppert and Chris Noth. It's a harrowing
Don't see it if portrait of a middle-aged woman, wife and mother's deteriorating mental state. Husband, son and son's woman friend seem to want to help.
See it if You want to see the magnetic Isabelle Huppert in a really, really bad play.
Don't see it if You have to be selective about what you see - there are so many good things to see, not a lot of reason to pick this.
See it if you simply want to see Isabelle Luppert in a sometimes frenetic role. Her performance, for me, was the only highlight by the time it ended.
Don't see it if sadly, there are lots of reasons. It ran less than 90 min but felt agonizingly long. Disjointed structure. Stilted, dreadful characters.
See it if you want to see a tough performance by Isabelle Huppert. That is really the only reason to see this play.
Don't see it if you want to be engaged in a show. Don't see it if you are expecting it to be as engrossing as "The Father" with Frank Langella.
See it if you like plays that expertly weave thematic elements, that emerge and repeat with variation, plus a tour-de-force performance from Huppert!
Don't see it if you like your plays delivered a little more straight up, get confused easily, prefer a large production, have problem with French accent...
See it if you a big fan of Isabelle Huppert. She's very funny and generally rises above the faults of the play.
Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with mothers coming on to their sons. My companion was very turned off and consequently, didn't care for the play.
See it if you like provocative theater that makes you question your life. Bizarre perspective of the title character forced on the audience.
Don't see it if you want linear, understandable theater that only entertains.
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