In this solo piece, actress and singer/songwriter Leenya Rideout explores a complicated mother-daughter relationship in a world where women are just beginning to have their voices heard through art. More…
Leenya, an actor and musician, is figuratively and literally stuck. One night she finds herself performing alone in a Long Island pub, separated by a snowstorm from the rest of her Irish rock band. Dusting off her original songs, she revisits stories of love, humor, and heartache which all seem to invoke thoughts of her mother, Lynn. Lynn is also an artist, but she prefers paints and canvas over a live audience. A reluctant stage mom, she is a church lady full of mixed messages. As Leenya performs, she reaches across a continent and a generation – connecting with her mother through art and memories. Together, the two women push beyond their pasts and discover how to live with "Wild Abandon."
See it if Rideout's musical, autobiographical paean to her mother (a frustrated artist) is touching w/o being very moving but her musicianship shines
Don't see it if Tone of the drama veers wildly from poignant to maudlin; Rideout's personal life often clouds the picture Comes vibrantly alive at the end
See it if to discover an emerging playwright, like solo shows with live music, discussions of mother-daughter issues, career concerns & self-discovery
Don't see it if don't like 1-person shows, memoir-style explorations of personal growth & familial relations, character trying to work out issues with music
See it if About a mom and daughter relationship. A lot of singing and it is a little funny.
Don't see it if That there's a lot of singing and it's a little bit too long.
See it if You like a mother-daughter story told by talented solo actor-singer-musician Leenya Rideout with a Celtic twist. Very relatable to us all.
Don't see it if You expect a well-formatted story flow with smooth conjoined segments. You dislike solo performances & sitting for 90 minutes straight.
See it if You enjoy one woman musicals with great singing and instrumentals. An interesting story about a mother-daughter relationship.
Don't see it if You need a tight show, this is good but could use a little cutting, some moments start strong but lose steam and are repetitive.
See it if You have a mother with whom you have issues , or like one person shows featuring very talented performers
Don't see it if You don't like small , basement theaters or dwelling on mother daughter relationships
See it if You enjoy Irish, folk, or singer-songwriter, music. You want to go see a show with your mom that will bring the two of you closer together.
Don't see it if You dislike shows that are more about familial conflict than anything else. Dislike any of the above genres.
See it if If you want to see a one woman show with many instruments. Her talent was amazing. The style she presented it was rock biopic.
Don't see it if You dislike one woman shows. You want a linear plot
See it if you enjoy a scattered autobiographical monologue. A talent exhibition - an impressive variety of instruments played.
Don't see it if you prefer a coherent script. Not enough contrast between herself and her mom.
See it if Wonderfully performance by a very talented songwriter, composer and performer Leenya Rideout.
Don't see it if If you do not like solo shows.
See it if you enjoy watching a multi talented woman perform with a deep past.
Don't see it if you want a fast moving piece without sentiment.
See it if you like autobiographical one-person shows. Clearly the performer here is talented, but she doesn't seem to have much to say that's new.
Don't see it if you hate navel-gazing one-person shows that are unfocused and frankly, not that interesting.
See it if you enjoy one-woman shows with lots of art, singing and instrumentals. Leenya Rideout is very talented. The show builds in intensity.
Don't see it if you are not into biographical mother/daughter sagas. If you are uninterested in a woman's voice, this show is not for you.
See it if You don't mind watching a 90 minute biographic on the life of Leenya Rideout, with brilliant singing, original songs, and many slow bumps.
Don't see it if You don't like one-woman shows, or would rather avoid something that should be at least 1/3 shorter. An hour would have been enough.
See it if / to see a virtuosic musician/singer; for some mother-daughter bonding; if you like solo shows.
Don't see it if solo shows or singer-songwriters are not your bag; you don't want something cabaret-ish.
See it if This most talented actress singer- songwriter and musician Leenya Rideout is a force to recon with ! Her work is carefully crafted.
Don't see it if If one person shows or complicated mother-daughter relationships is a troubling issue for you
See it if To be up close to a talented multi-instrumentalist in a one woman show with some catchy tunes and a complicated mother-daughter relationship
Don't see it if You want a narrative.
See it if You love to watch an extremely talented woman charm us with her wit, humanity and incredible talent.
Don't see it if If don't like one woman shows.
See it if you enjoy quirky one-woman shows loaded with heart and a multitude of musical instruments.
Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional big-set and flashy costumes musical. This is a little show in a little theater with a huge amount of soul.
See it if You want to see a talented musician play the roles of herself and her mother in a diatribe against said mother. You think grow up .
Don't see it if You don’t like a very intimate theater where the actor has her eye on one and all in the audience or basically a long repetitive complaint.
See it if You enjoy an intimate setting with a talented actress/musician. Very enjoyable performance.
Don't see it if You want a splashy big musical with a linear plot and a big cast
See it if You like sort-of Irish folk songs and appreciate the fact that 1 woman can play many instruments in 1 show.
Don't see it if You don't like 1 woman shows, you expect to hear familiar songs, you don't like cabarets dressed up to resemble a show.
See it if If you're a mother or a daughter, and you find that relationship riveting, also if you love wonderful singing.
Don't see it if You aren't interested in a one-woman show about a daughter and mom that is mostly singing.
See it if You want to know what a woman's life in the theater and music industry is really like. Also, see it with your mother or daughter.
Don't see it if You don't like one-woman shows. The actress is very good, but it's hard for any 1 person to sustain an audience's interest for 90 minutes.
Get alerts about your favorite artists and theater companies