They don't miss a beat with Mom's the Word: Remixed (an amalgamation of the first two shows, starring Jill Daum, Beverley Elliott, Alison Kelly, Barbara Pollard, and Deborah Williams) moving easily from humour to drama to tragedy and back to humour. It's a hilarious look at relationships surrounding motherhood from birth to present day.
The show opened with a musical number introducing us to the cast and setting the tone for what we might expect over the following hour and a half.
A mock birth, sleepless nights, diapers, husbands, hospitals, embarrassments, bad habits, periods, teens and sex: nothing was off limits and the audience ate it up.
Lines like, “rise, rip, roll, rub, release!” set the audience into fits of laughter. Without giving too much away, let's just say they'd moved on to the teen years at that point.
There were so many other golden moments in this show it was hard to pick the best of the evening.
It's not just a play for mom's either: the men and young adults in the audience were having just as much fun. Two men in particular sitting near the front of the stage were continuously wiping their eyes from laughing so hard.
There were some very touching moments as well, carefully placed and beautifully timed to allow you to live in that moment but not allow you to linger there too long.
The Revue Stage was the perfect venue for this intimate show and allowed for a much more personal experience. The set design was clever and well thought out.
All of the content is based on personal experience or experiences of someone very close: all true stories. Perhaps that's one of the reasons the show has such an appeal. A no holds barred glimpse into the lives of very real, down to earth women.
Mom's the Word: remixed is at the Revue Stage on Granville Island until
July 23, 2011.
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