Reviewer: Kate Herbert on Jan 12, 2012
My continuing wish for compelling, solo shows is again answered with Jeffrey Solomon’s poignant and funny play, the award-winning Mother/Son.
Solomon plays both mother (Mindy) and son (Bradley) in a narrative based on his own experiences as a young, gay man coming out to his liberal, Jewish mother who lives in Long Island.
Mom appears to accept her beloved son’s revelation but struggles with the loss of her dream of grandchildren and, despite her liberalism, she avoids informing their extended family and friends.
The production – originally directed by David L. Carson in New York – is deceptively simple and Solomon shifts credibly and effortlessly from middle-aged, cheerful but pushy Mindy, to her dapper, witty son, Brad, a sit-com writer.
Solomon cunningly transports us to bars, clinic, Mom’s house, Brad's apartments in New York and LA, a PFLAG meeting, a bridge game, a hospital bedside and a Gay Pride March.
We experience Mom’s anxiety when she first visits her local PFLAG chapter (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).
Solomon creates a satisfying and moving narrative arc that takes us on a journey of love, joy and grief with this maddening but lovable mother and son.
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