"...The Madres (by Stephanie Alison Walker) is an overwhelmingly welcome work, one of the best of the year thus far. Its wrenching second half puts the talents of its ensemble fully on display as Walker arranges her own elaborate takedown of impotent masculinity. And yet, what matters most here is not the pathetic frailty of a couple of men but the durability of the women. The Madres demonstrates that women persevere, excel and conquer despite constant attempts to quell their spirit and impoverish their existence.
If we can move beyond paying lip service to unapologetically brave women or projecting tragedy onto those who have been wronged and actually work to make the lives of women better, which for men means actively engaging with the privileges of our gender, then the possibility of a world in which women are free to be exactly as they please, glimpsed here and elsewhere, can become a reality. It is a future that women the world over, mothers or not, more than deserve." Kevin Greene, Newcity Stage.
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Through May 27
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