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Mother Lode

From 25 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Resonant, Entertaining, Funny

About the show

A solo drama about the end-of-life decisions that must be made by dutiful daughters. More…

While it’s true that mothers and daughters often have contentious relationships, there is no denying the deep bond that exists between them. 'Mother Lode' explores this bond and the process of discord, conciliation, warfare, and eventual acceptance, that can challenge, but ultimately strengthen it.

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Member Reviews (25)


Great acting, Absorbing, Resonant, Entertaining, Funny

Absorbing, Relevant, Profound, Touching, Thought-provoking

See it if You’ve ever wondered about what to do with your aging parents. For one person shows she does a pretty good job performing multiple roles.

Don't see it if You don’t like one actor portraying more than one character. Takes a little while to get the hang of who’s who but it’s well worth the wait.

Absorbing, Resonant, Touching, Realistic, Funny

See it if Solo actress plays both strong-willed mother and caring daughter. Mom has dementia. Whole family story unfolds. Excellent performance.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in someone else’s true mother-daughter relationship. You’ve had enough of dementia caretaking struggles. No surprises.

Resonant, Great singing, Great acting, Wise, Poignant

See it if you are interested in elder care, or in how we care for the caregivers (or fail to).

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows, or want to see a show that transcends the domestic.

Also Linda Haston is a fine performer -- actor, singer, & for a few (too sh... Read more Read less

Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if About aging and relationship between mother and daughter. Parts make you laugh and some hit home with warm thoughts

Don't see it if If the subject of dementia bothers you.

Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Relevant, Funny

See it if You want to see a well written + performed one woman play. You want to see a play about how a woman deals with her mothers declining health

Don't see it if You are not interested in one woman shows. You don't like simple yet effective staging. You don't want to feel. You don't want to laugh.

Also WELL written. WELL performed. Very good actress. Nice singing voice an... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Masterful

See it if You want to see an absolutely brilliant solo show that is so in the moment and touches you right in the heart. It's a masterful performance.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy solo shows or if you like shows with full sets. Also don't see it if you don't like shows about aging and dementia

Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in a solo show with a great actor who can also sing and dance, and you like mother-daughter stories.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in family drama or one-person shows. This one covers most of a life, in very entertaining fashion.

Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You like good acting showing the problems of a caretaker with a mother who has dementia.

Don't see it if You want to see a light comedy or musical.

Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if A quirky talented one woman show a bit sentimental

Don't see it if You don’t like one woman shows and I are easily bored by sentimentality

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Profound

See it if Extraordinary performance from Linda Haston. Her performance had depth of expression, and accent on dialogue tone, body language and

Don't see it if If you have/had someone close with Alzheimer's Disease, since it may bring back painful memories (my case).

Also mannerisms in order to portray the mother-daughter relationship over t... Read more Read less

Great acting, Resonant, Riveting, Funny, Great writing & directing

See it if U want a real story about life, family, & caregiving that will resonate with anyone who have cared for a loved one. Superb script & acting.

Don't see it if U can't deal with aging, family duty, & have no empathy for the elderly & caregivers. This play will make you compassionate & human again.

Also I am SO impressed with Off The Wall Productions (Carnegie Stage, Pa.) ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Funny, Resonant, Mother-daughter relationship, Absorbing

See it if like solo shows that touch your heart. Understand what may go on in the mind of both the aging parent and the caregiving daughter.

Don't see it if don't like solo shows or need a showy performance in order to value an expert performance.

Profound, Slow

See it if You will recognize a loved one in this story, and it can hit home. But she tells it with sensitivity, a tough topic.

Don't see it if This has a big slice of reality, done very intimately

Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You want to see a heartfelt one woman show about mother daughter relations, and aging.

Don't see it if You want a musical or comedy or do not want to see a great performance discussing human relations.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Resonant, Intense

See it if you have a close but complicated relationship with your mother.

Don't see it if you're not into one-woman shows.

Great acting, Absorbing, Hilarious, Intense, Resonant

See it if You like one person shows, like family dramas, or love your mother!

Don't see it if You don’t like one character managing multiple characters, or a character development led story.

Relevant, Hilarious, Great writing, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if Enjoy show about relationships. Especially Mother daughter or caretaker situations

Don't see it if You don't like one woman shows

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you are interested in strained mother-daughter relationships

Don't see it if you dislike one-person shows or abstract story-telling

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful, Great singing

See it if You enjoy a great one woman show.It was poignant,funny and entertaining. A woman struggles with being a caregiver for her difficult mother.

Don't see it if You don't like one person show or want a big production.This is a one woman,one set show.

Great acting, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you like a funny but touching biographical story about a mother/daughter relationship.

Don't see it if you don't like one-woman shows

Great staging, Profound, Resonant

See it if you enjoy biographical plays that are personal, moving and authentic dealing with the complexities of a Mother/Daughter relationship

Don't see it if you have triggers about mother issues and dementia.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Epic, Masterful, Must see

See it if If you want to be on the edge of your seat!

Don't see it if If you don't have a brain.

August 10th, 2016
for a previous production "A multi-layered title that suggests a rich vein of material, various loads (of guilt, grief, gumption, etc.) and so much more...Haston smoothly morphs into the many ladies of 'Lode'...I can certainly recognize and empathize with so many aspects of their relationship. Most mothers and daughters p...
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January 30th, 2016
for a previous production "The show is not just a showcase of Haston’s talent, but a deeply emotional story of two women discovering each other and themselves along the way. Haston sings, dances, and wails with intensity. It’s a powerful night of theater. It’s also surprisingly funny...Haston transforms from mother to dau...
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January 31st, 2016
for a previous production "The play is a powerful and captivating delivery of agitation, anger and tension but also regrets, sentimentality, and love...Haston takes us back and forth between the role of mother and daughter simply by putting on or removing a hat and coat...Each character sings deeply emotive and guttural h...
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