Two women who met in prison meet up after they are both released. They both don’t have any family to turn to, so they turn to teach other. They slowly reveal details to each other about their past, mixing truth with lies. In this process, a close friendship is formed that in some ways mirrors a mother and daughter relationship.
This play, written by Chloë Moss, won the 2009 Susan Smith Blackburn prize. On their website it says, “The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, established in 1978, is given annually to recognize women who have written works of outstanding quality for the English-speaking theatre.” Shortly afterwards, it was produced off Broadway starring Edie Falco (The Sopranos, Nurse Jackie).
The acting in this production is fantastic. Aila Ayilam Peck is excellent as Marie just trying to get by in her rough situation. Linda Reiter (The Realistic Joneses) is great as Lorraine, trying to put her life back together. They build off each other’s energy and the relationship they build is strong. It truly shows in the climatic moments as the emotions pour out of them. Off Loop theatre is back!
Cost of a ticket: $45
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