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Mamasita Can't Do It All
Winnipeg-born Rhea Nelken, the star and creator of the one-woman Mamasita Does It All! (the name has been changed from what’s in the program) believes in the political power of theatre. And in her fringe debut, her attempt to represent this idea is admirable, although the execution is muddy.
Working to reclaim “hag” for “the downtrodden, the submissive, the powerless,” Nelken has created Trudy, a hag who works on a feudal sprout farm, spending her days washing sprouts along with friend Fidelma (a papier-mâché head with an apron).
Nelken adds some fine comic touches to her performance of Trudy; nevertheless, what little story there is fails to cohere into a whole that would achieve the impact Nelken wishes to create. With experience, one hopes she will bring this power to fruition.
— Barb Stewart
From the Fringe program:
Despite the wrought tumultuousness of accepting that she - the Hag - lives wildly in our collective feminine, we have been called to behold what she has to offer.
A riddle from the Hags:
What you want to see, what you don't want to see,
It's all in you, it's all in me
What's the story?
There are a few
Some are old and some are new.
All of them borrowed,
Some of them blue
But mumma sitta can't. do. it. all.
Recommended for: Mature audience
Length: 45 min
Discount Tickets: $6 for matinees, students, seniors, unemployed, equity members, Fringe performers
Warnings: Subject matter, language
Updated on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 1:01 PM CDT: