Quintessence Theatre presents Bertold Brecht’s MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN. Read the Phindie review. [The Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Avenue] October 12-November 6, 2016; quintessencetheatre.org.
What was interesting about this production was the closeness I felt with the characters. You can seen how I zoomed in on the characters much more than usual. There were very little moments where action could happen on my end, except for a few dance numbers.
This may be an anti-war message or marxist adaptation, but it is certainly a satire on sex,
Forest McClendon is a maniac towards the end.
It is equal in laughs with Daniel Miller from the opening scenes.
Finally Janis Dardaris kills it when she comes out in a modern woman’s attire dressed for business and soldiers sound off, “SELL, SELL, SELL.”
We remembered Dardaris from her role in Morning of Electra a couple years ago, and thought she did a great job in playing the different levels of feminism, and that is at first cold,
Above, the Chaplain, Gregory Isaac, lays into Mother Courage. In a asexual manner, but she keeps drinking bourbon and being crass. As he chops wood his character is a foil throughout, and even when Swiss Cheese dies the Chaplain blames Mother Courage for benefiting from the war.’
The last scene is a dramatic death. The pounding on the drum, the two kneeling figures praying, more chopping of wood, and a gun shot kills Kattrin, Leigha Kato, and the worried faces of the peasants were seriously distraught! The acting was delivered well and these were secondary characters. Read the Phindie review.
[The Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Avenue] October 12-November 6, 2016; quintessencetheatre.org.