Friday, April 4, 2014

Mothers and Sons @ The John Golden Theater

Mothers and Sons, the new play by 4-time Tony Award® winner Terrence McNally, is a timely and provocative new play that explores our evolving understanding of family in today’s world. At turns funny and powerful, Mothers and Sons follows a woman (Daly) who pays an unexpected visit to the New York apartment of her late son's ex-partner (Weller), who is now married to another man (Steggert) and has a young son. Challenged to face how society has changed around her, generations collide as she revisits the past and discovers a new connection she never expected.

Tyne Daly stars as Katherine, the mother of her lost son just trying to look for answers. Daly is incredible. There is nothing more to be said other than this is her finest work to date. Frederick Weller is heartwarming. Bobby Seggert is vicious and loving. Grayson Taylor is making his Broadway debut, and he comes out swinging. After originating the role, Taylor brings his a refreshing innocence to Bud. He is a great looking glass to what is yet to come! Overall this cast get a much deserved standing ovation.

The design team for Mothers and Sons includes scenic design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Jess Goldstein, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, and sound design by Nevin Steinberg. Terrence McNally delivers a play that will truly draw you to tears, the only complaint is that it left the audience wanting more. The ending seemed abrupt and could have been stretch out longer to get a better conclusion. 

Mothers and Sons had its world premiere production at Bucks County Playhouse on June 13, 2013. It opened on Broadway on Monday, March 24th, 2014.

Review By: James Russo

Photos By: Joan Marcus

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