ROBIN’S SHOW REVIEW: Mommalogues
MOMMALOGUES, written by long-time friends Sharon Lee Glassman and Gretchen Klinedinst Furst and directed by William Sanders, is playing at TBG Theatre (312 West 36th Street) in Manhattan. It explores the relationship between mothers and daughters, as four actresses of varied ages deliver monologues reflecting a wide range of experiences of mothering.
The twenty-two monologues that make up the play take the audience on a journey from the start of motherhood through all many phases, exploring the relationships between mothers, daughters and other female role models including teachers, grandmothers and aunts.
Mommalogues, while well-intended, comes across as a bad Hallmark card brought to the stage.
The monologues at times endeavor to empower, for example, the opening talk from a new mom who feels she looks like a “blob” some days, but is a “goddess” in the inside…but it was drawn out and lacked originality. Other monologues addressed things like smoking pot, living up to a mother’s expectations, passing on tradition through the generations, puberty, and being the daughter of a rock superstar. The material lacked any sense of flow/sequence, and the show generally overstayed its welcome.