‘Night, Mother

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Is there a trace of selfish cruelty when divorced shut-in Jessie (Audrey Lavin Crowley) informs her mother (Becky Minard) that she plans to kill herself within a few hours? Maybe. That’s the premise of ‘Night, Mother, a Pulitzer winner from 1983 about one woman’s determination to commit suicide. Exposition unfolds gradually; it takes a while to decipher the relationships between all the unseen friends and family. We know they have accents and live somewhere isolated, but we’re never told where, beyond that it’s not Tennessee. The women live humbly, subsiding almost exclusively on junk food, but we’re never directly told why neither woman needs to work. If Crowley seems young to be playing a divorced mom… well, there could be an unspoken reason for that, too. (A young Kathy Bates originated the role on Broadway, and you can feel that in her performance.) With a big clock ticking on stage, Jessie flits around the house prepping her mother for their last night together, complete with manicures and caramel apples. Both actresses are uniquely devastating Counter-Productions Theatre Company’s excellent new production, remaining fairly understated and steering clear of any Southern family melodrama. Less depressing but somehow darker than it sounds, this production left several audience members wiping away tears at the end.

November 24 2018

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Date: November 24
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: $20
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Venue

AS220 Black Box

95 Empire Street
Providence, RI United States

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