The Mother (a learning play)
Opens Feb 18 1h 20m
The Mother (a learning play)
87

The Mother (a learning play) NYC Reviews and Tickets

87%
(6 Reviews)
Positive
83%
Mixed
17%
Negative
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Members say
Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant, Absorbing, Masterful

A working class mother heeds a call to revolution in this modernized retelling of THE MOTHER

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Member Reviews (6)

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Resonant, Masterful, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy thought-provoking work.

Don't see it if You don't like being in uncomfortable chairs.

87
Absorbing, Masterful, Relevant, Resonant, Clever

See it if a wonderful adaptation of a brechtian masterpiece

Don't see it if you're part of the ruling class (or maybe you should see it the most)

56
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Dated, Ambitious

See it if You are a fan of the Wooster group who did great work some years ago.

Don't see it if Bold but haphazard style choices annoy you.Too easily feeds on the pedantic quality.

80
Edgy, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Ambitious

See it if you like old plays and old politics stunningly reconsidered.

Don't see it if you don't like Brecht, communism or experimental theater.

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100
Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy the Wooster Group. You like Brecht or alienation in performance.

Don't see it if You're looking for a typical production. You don't like (really) experimental theatre.

During previews
100
Delightful, Great acting, Quirky, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you love the Wooster Group or have never had an opportunity to see this legendary company before. If you love Brecht or experimental theater

Don't see it if you hate experimental theater and non-naturalistic acting. If you don't like plays with music and singing. Read more

Critic Reviews (3)

The New York Times
October 26th, 2021

"It might be fair to say (warn?) that some of the Wooster Group shows...can be less involving to experience than to discuss with your friends in a doomed attempt to figure out what the company was trying to do. And so it goes with “The Mother.” The production both hews to the original text and honors the theatrical traditions that birthed it, and then it tweaks them."
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Time Out New York
October 26th, 2021

"Perhaps because Brecht’s text is so frankly pedagogical and presentational, The Mother (a learning play) does not quite have the sense of enigma and the frisson of distance between the material and the house style that characterize my favorite past Wooster shows; the trade-off is that it will likely feel more accessible to those who have not been following LeCompte and company for years. It may not go deep, but it’s a fine introduction."
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Theatermania
October 26th, 2021

"Like Brecht, the Wooster Group is happy to draw attention to the artificiality of the theater, and to draw back the curtain on its creative process. But the similarities end there, as demonstrated by this formally bold yet thematically malnourished production."
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