Mommy Dearest Meets Grandmommy Dearest could have been the title of this locally produced melodrama about three generations of damaged women.
Winnipeg writer-actor Muriel Hogue penned the florid script about an intolerant grandmother, her cocktail-loving middle-aged daughter and two grown-up granddaughters, one free spirited, the other simple minded, who bicker and battle over money, appearances and who has been most mistreated by the others.
"Our family has more scar tissue than your hysterectomy ever gave you," one of the daughters tells her mother.
Veteran Nancy Drake provides solid direction for the five-member cast. Dorothy Carroll, Katia de Peña and Tracy Penner are given a lot of scenery to chew, but a couple of the plot turns seem almost comically pat. Hogue herself shines as the grandmother, a truly malignant woman out of a Tennessee Williams or a Eugene O’Neill play. (Let us pray Hogue is not writing about what she knows!)
— Morley Walker
From the official Fringe Festival guide:
The Red Hen dances at the Fringe again! From the company that brought you Breath, Juana la Loca, Blue Kettle and many other hits, comes an explosive new drama. Laughter, tears and shock displace each other in a split second as a fragile family of women is sent into crisis at the arrival of a young man.
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language, Herbal Cigarettes, violence and sexual scenes
MTC Mainstage (Venue 1), to Sunday
Discount Tickets: $8 for Matinees, Equity, ACTRA, MAP, Fringe Performers
Under 12 not admitted.