See it if Good Humor in a Crazy World
Don't see it if You do not like history.
See it if Loved it
Don't see it if Entertaining
"Such frank and straightforward storytelling is poignant, even if it sometimes leads to a shortage of tension or plot...In other hands, 'This Is Mary Brown' could come off as slight, given that there are no epic adventures recounted here. Yet the authenticity of both the show’s script and its actress is usually satisfying enough."
"Brown inhabits more than a dozen characters, shifting adeptly among them with slight but effective tweaks in voice and stance. There's never any confusion over who's talking; the only nagging question is, what's the point? After opening at Mary's grave, the rudderless script presents a nonlinear grab bag of seemingly unconnected scenes...That changes in the final, powerful 15 minutes...In those moments, 'This Is Mary Brown' blossoms into a fitting tribute to the title mom"
"I didn’t find many of Mary’s quips funny, but the full audience responded well to her abrasive nature...Some fluid physical shifts or perhaps some paring down of characters would have made scenes with multiple characters easier to understand and more compelling. Ultimately, Brown’s willingness to lay bare her mother’s struggles is admirable and her voice both as narrator and lead character carries a dramatic heft that propels her personal narrative."