What makes Mike Bencivenga’s script so engaging is that as he keeps us laughing, he deepens and broadens the story by giving us a sense of concentrically ever-larger circles: two men, Hollywood, the United States, and the world at the time.Read More
Author: Casey Curtis
Some theater performers are known as “triple threats”because they act, sing, and dance. Given that Melinda Buckley, an actor with Broadway credits (Crazy For You) and former ballet soloist, also writes brilliantly, perhaps she should be called a quadruple threat. But do not feel threatened, feel fortunate, because Miss Buckley brings her considerable wide-ranging talents to a marvelous new solo show, Mother. In Mother, Melinda Buckley tells the story of her mother Eileen’s descent into dementia and her own symbiotically-connected life as she descends into “de-middle age.” Using a combination of narration interspersed with hilarious comedy vignettes, Miss Buckley achieves the perfect blend. The show tells Eileen Buckley’s history escaping from war-torn Hungary via a short-lived marriage to an American soldier who leaves her to raise two young children by herself in suburban Massachusetts. A feisty “Hungarian Mama Rose”, Eileen Buckley manages well and poorly enough to engender life-long gratitude and co-dependence in her daughter. Any obstacle Eileen encounters can be fended off by either her smarts, her beauty, or a well-placed, “go to hell darling and tell them Zsa Zsa sent you.” Miss Buckley spends an appropriately modest amount of time relating family history and instead adroitly steers us through the mother and daughter’s parallel journeys with touching emotional vignettes, e.g. —Melinda dressing up her mother (rather than dolls) for dates, a shared experience at the ballet, and...Read More
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