Ari Stess' play is part of Clubbed Thumb's Summerworks, the company's annual series of new shows. More…
In 'The World My Mama Raised,' Violet has a new frenemy with benefits. Henry is being released from prison with only his church clothes. Violet's dad is learning to read. And the school day is nearly over, but it's only 10am.
“A social-justice comedy of sorts…Ms. Stess has a weakness for abundance over clarity. Here she is intent on depicting a whole system of American inequality that deems some lives valuable and others expendable, though there is an antic dimension to this darkness…Ms. Stess does interesting things with repetition as the play goes on, and she also turns racial profiling on its head...Other events are less successfully contrived in service of a political point.” Full Review
See it if You are open to work which ruminates on the things we probably should be thinking about. It includes so many elements which make you smile.
Don't see it if You object to something which makes you work to put the pieces together. You think society works well, and our culture is as it should be.
See it if you want to hear a bold emerging theatrical voice offer an archly ambitious dystopian riff on income inequality & school-to-prison pipeline
Don't see it if you're not up for a show that chooses to wrestle with a LOT all at once (w/o uniform resolution); if you prefer a clear plot/story structure
See it if you like exciting scrappy theater in development and incredibly stylized performances/writing.
Don't see it if you would be frustrated by performances that don't resemble real human behavior (on purpose).
See it if you're looking for exciting and quirky downtown theatre. A delightfully weird play given a solid production.
Don't see it if the production doesn't totally congeal, and I found some of the language a bit laborious. The play's reach exceeds its grasp a little bit.
See it if You get a comp or have a friend in it. Want to see a weak attempt at criticism of the penal system.
Don't see it if You are impatient with bootstrap productions and very uneven acting performances.
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