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Motherhood Out Loud

a Comedy/Drama
CATEGORY : COMEDY DRAMA
by Leslie Ayvazian, Brooke Berman, David Cale, Jessica Goldberg, Beth Henley, Lameece Issaq, Claire LaZebnik, Lisa Loomer, Michele Lowe, Marco Pennette

COMPANY : Onstage Atlanta, Inc. [WEBSITE]
VENUE : OnStage Atlanta 3041 N. Decatur [WEBSITE]
ID# 5552

SHOWING : August 04, 2019 - August 11, 2019

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

A fund-raising event.

"Chicken Soup for the Mom." -- Variety


CAST & CREW LIST
Director Brandon Michael Mitchell
Director Cathe Hall Payne
Cast Susan Atkinson
Cast Rylee Bunton
Cast Lory Cox
Cast Phyllis Giller
Cast Kate Guyton
Cast Tom Johnson
Cast Amy Johnson
Cast Matt Maute
Cast Melissa Maute
Cast Brandon Michael Mitchell
Cast Lateefah D. Mosley
Cast Melissa Rainey
Cast Cat Roche
Cast Kathleen Seconder
Cast Angie Short
Cast Barbara Washington
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REVIEWS

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Motherhood With Tears
by playgoer
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
3.5
"Motherhood Out Loud" is a series of monologues and short scenes involving different aspects of motherhood, from childbirth to grandparenthood. The material resonates deeply with women who have encountered similar experiences, bringing a few laughs and a lot of tears. Even non-mothers can appreciate the material, although some men may have the attitude expressed in the play that, not having had a particular experience, they never really thought about it.

On a purely acting level, there is some fine work on the boards at Onstage Atlanta. Everyone makes the material work that they have been given, but Melissa Maute and Phyllis Giller both make indelible impressions with their monologues. They make fine use of their glances and gestures and reactions to the words they are speaking (sometimes as multiple characters). Directors Cathe Hall Payne and Brandon Mitchell (who gives one of the two male monologues) have shaped the material for maximum impact, given the various capabilities of their performers. When a generally comic actress like Lory Cox gets teary-eyed at the end of her monologue, the impact has a wallop far greater than if her entire delivery had been weepy. Rylee Bunton triumphs playing the youngest characters.

The set uses the background of concurrently running "Spring Awakening," with chairs and seating on either side of the stage, along with buckets of flowers, a crib, a bloom-festooned stepladder, and other details that give a Mother’s Day feel. For much of the show, the focus is on center stage where the action occurs, but other cast members populate the sides of the stage as silent observers. It’s a nice touch that gives a bit of cohesion to material that is essential a sequence of unrelated pieces by a variety of playwrights.

As a fundraiser, "Motherhood Out Loud" did not have an extensive rehearsal period or grand technical resources. Even so, it comes across as a polished production, with light and sound doing a wonderful job of transitioning from one independent moment to the next. The show may not have the overall impact of Centerstage North’s production of a couple of years ago, but it certainly provides a showcase for some fine Atlanta talent. The fact that two of the three men in the cast are husbands of two of the women adds to a feeling of community in the production, a feeling that draws the audience in to experience the various comedic and dramatic aspects of motherhood. [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]


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