Through July 23, 2017
Risks are taken in this regional premiere production – including the opening reveal of Mary and her final tableau – but not all of them pay off and, given the nature of this work, not enough of them are attempted. At the end of the play, the grieving, flesh and blood mother of the historical Christ asks “was it worth it?” If this same question was applied to Mamaí’s production, the answer would be yes.
For those looking for a revealing religious experience in which to hang their hat on they may be disappointed. This is more a play about a mother’s loss and the effect it has had on her life. You truly feel Mary’s pain as you relate to the loss of her husband and Son. Go in with an open mind and leave a little wiser.To see a full review of this show, read Mark Horning's blog.
Quibbles with the staging aside, Toibin’s script is finely crafted and Anne McEvoy invests it with a quiet determination and wry skepticism that is rich and evocative. And that is something worth seeing, protests or not.
To see a full review of this show, read Andrea Simakis' blog or visit Cleveland.com here.