Abingdon Theatre Company presents the world premiere of James Lecesne's play, an unflinching and comedic look at how one family deals with the effects of Alzheimer’s. More…
When Dottie Nerber’s son and daughter arrive to pack up the contents of their mother’s Florida home, their conflicting memories of her collide. As the siblings unpack family secrets, they must separate fact from fiction and are forced to question the narratives of their own lives. 'The Mother of Invention' asks why we tell the stories we do about the people we love, and how we live with those stories after they’ve been debunked.
See it if experience a gifted cast making the most of tragi/comic material in the MARVINs ROOM vein
Don't see it if Alzheimers, family conflict, cardboard boxes, male nudity, too many lamps, Christmas lights, memory journals, guns, or color alerts irk you
See it if A compassionate look at a family dealing w/mother w/Alzheimer's & moving her to assisted living. Wonderful acting but confusing plot lines.
Don't see it if Potential for a great show but too many characters w/unclear actions & motives, weird gratuitous nudity, muddied the plot & caused confusion
See it if an excellent, creative new theatrical voice, a fabulous cast, very clever set and staging and some plot surprise appeals. Funny and intense.
Don't see it if the reality of aging and Altzheimers, dysfunctional families, and overt sexuality unsettle you. This is no Ozzie and Harriet story.
See it if You like small plays; you're interested in plays about family relationships. You like Concetta Tomei (who is fantastic in this).
Don't see it if Topics like Alzheimer's and aging and illness disturb you too much. You would be offended by brief male nudity.
See it if a story of siblings with their own issues dealing with deciding to put their mother in a home and a couple of people with shady agendas
Don't see it if no reason not to see it
See it if you enjoy memory plays such as "The Glass Menagerie" and are interested in quirky family dramas with bizarre characters.
Don't see it if you dislike nudity and traditional straight-play fare.
See it if You like topics about Alzheimer’s, family, aging, and death. Very solid acting, can be hilarious & sad at the same time.
Don't see it if You don't like male nudity, slow progression of the plot. I have no idea why some kisses happened unexpectedly...
See it if you want well acted, very off beat drama about family strife with some kooky twists thrown in
Don't see it if a tale of family drama is not your thing, nor seeing a naked man seduce a mother and her son (separately)
See it if you enjoy seeing shows that have glimmers of unrealized good ideas. This show has so many ideas and is so diffuse that it has zero impact.
Don't see it if you are impatient w/ a meandering plot & some really uneven acting (some are excellent & some are terrible). I often wondered, "why".
See it if you wish to be entertained by fine acting in a play both serious (Alzheimer's) and slightly outlandish (children and weird neighbors).
Don't see it if you don't want to think about Alzheimer's and need a show with a very neat and satisfying conclusion.
See it if you think that a scattered, aimless plot and pacing might be fitting for a story about Alzheimer's. But there are better Alzheimer's plays.
Don't see it if you'd be frustrated by going back and forth between attempts at dramatic insight and broad comedy, which end up accomplishing neither well.
See it if Don't mind seeing a play about alzheimers and how it affects family members. Concetta Tomei was good as the mother as was the child actress.
Don't see it if If you have a problem with making lite of Alzheimers and you don't like male frontal nudity.
See it if you don't mind sitting through one unwarranted woe after the other served up by characters who it's difficult to empathize with. Nonsense.
Don't see it if despite a few wonderful performances, you have trouble watching monologs being performed while holding an urn of dad's ashes.
See it if You enjoy plays that realistically portray dysfunctional families and the heartbreak when a parent has Alzheimer's Disease.
Don't see it if You require complete clarity throughout a play. There was some dialogue that I found confusing. If you have an issue with nudity.
See it if You are looking for a realistic look at aging with a memory disorder
Don't see it if You are not wanting something classic or very funny
See it if You are curious about how families deal with the onset of Alzheimer's disease. This show dealt more with the relationship of siblings
Don't see it if It is a topic that you may find upsetting. However, there is humor that helps keep the show entertaining as well.
See it if You like intimate theatre that supports new works, want a glimpse into a dysfunctional family coping with Alzheimer's.
Don't see it if You can't sit through a show that has no intermission or if brief nudity bothers you.
See it if You enjoy thoughtful pieces about real-life stories. This play really makes you think about aging and age-related illnesses like Alzheimer's
Don't see it if You are looking for a happy, uplifting play. This play is extremely well-acted, but the content is dark.