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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Seeing "In Mother Words" at the Geffen Playhouse

There are so many things I've wanted to write about over the past week: our move; the passing of our beloved family pet, Leo; my enormous fight with my Ex-husband...but to my ex-husband's good fortune, I've had no internet for almost 10 days and haven't been able to bitch about a thing. 

But thanks to a particularly helpful AT&T Uverse guy (Thanks Luiz!), and horrifically sprained back, I am completely holed up in bed with nothing to do but write and write and write.

But before I get into all the bitching and moaning, I'd first like to praise the producers of "In Mother Words" at the Geffen Playhouse for their "ray of light" during a time I had loads to bitch and moan about.

I was DESPERATE for an outlet away from the boxes, packing paper and chaos of my home and going to see this play was such a welcome event.  Even more fortuitously, my mom was in town helping me pack - so she was my date. 

And I just wanted to say I LOVED it!

This show was a wonderful, poignant patchwork of the many, multi-textured snippets of motherhood.  "In Mother Words" takes you on the unique journey that is motherhood all the way from tales of expectancy and birth to teenage angst and the empty nest.  It's not just the tightly woven fabric of the story that holds you, it's the varied perspectives and backgrounds of the storytellers that makes this show wholly compelling.  While you might connect to the story of playground politics, you can't help but sympathize and relate to the tale of the mom taking her autistic teenage son on his first date.  Seeing yourself and your child(ren) in every tale - even if it's not your own.

Talking about the show afterwords with my own mom - listening to her own "take" on each story - made the evening even more special.

"In Mother Words" captures the essence of motherhood - an experience that is all at once completely unique and yet universal.  Something that connects us all as mothers and yet defines us as individuals.


If you get a chance - go see it.  And if you can...bring your mom.

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