There is no time to ease into it.
Just like labor, this show is happening. Now. From the first frenetic breaths on stage, the cast of Motherhood Out Loud jolts the audience into the moment with a rousing—and loud—three-way play-by-play of childbirth.
And it doesn’t let up from there. When the opening night audience wasn’t laughing or rolling their eyes knowingly, they were smothering a sniffle or wiping a tear from an eye. Because this is one of those plays to which all of us can relate. Everyone will personally identify with parts of this story, and empathize with the rest.
The twenty vignettes, written by a ‘who’s who’ of nationally known playwrights, run the gamut of diversity, showcasing motherhood through a variety of perspectives spanning religion, sexual orientation and age. The scenes are grouped into five chapters, each representing significant events that occur as children grow up.
The cast of twelve is solid, each member holding her own. Su Crocker does a splendid job of illustrating the not-so-rosy reality of parenthood while Julie Streble is fantastic as the mom we all love to hate. Jon Huffman is a highlight of the production, artfully painting the picture of what so often happens when the children become the adults, and Anna Francis and Susan McNeese Lynch create touching bookends to the piece.
A simple but effective set, an accomplished and endearing cast, and a delightful soundtrack meld together to create a funny, poignant, and truly enjoyable reflection of Mom.
With this successful opening of their second production, Eve Theatre Company is two for two—and though Eve may be new in town, she’s making it clear that she’s here to stay.
Motherhood Out Loud is directed by Nancy Hoover. The show continues Friday, June 7 at 7:30 pm and runs through June 23 in the Victor Jory Theatre at Actors Theatre. Tickets are $22/$19 for students, seniors and groups. They may be purchased at the door by calling 502-584-1205.
Actors Theatre is located at 316 W. Main Street in Louisville.