Monday, November 17, 2008

Well (Next Theatre) - 11/17/08

"Well" by Lisa Kron is a self-described monologue with other characters, and centers around a woman's attempt to analyze her love/hate relationship with her mother. Although the play feels noticeably self-conscious and overly-witty, it does have a fascinating free-wheeling quality to it. And though not totally successful, I thought the play-within-a-play structure acts as an extremely interesting metaphor for the playwright's struggle to crystallize her feelings towards her mother. The performances are all very good, but Mary Ann Thebus deserves a special mention for her perfectly calibrated performance; her performance as the mother turns out to be the most authentic component (visually captured by the scenic design) to this memoir of a play, which I think is totally intended.

Rating: *** (out of *****)

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