October 20, 2014
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Theatre Review
‘Motherhood’ follows ‘Menopause’ at Trinity
Don Fowler
Photo by Jennifer Boxley
Pictured from left to right are Jewel Lucien, Ingrid Cole, Kathryn Kaye and Lisa Manuli in “Motherhood the Musial.”

I know it usually works the other way around, but in the theatre world, “Motherhood The Musical” follows “Menopause The Musical” for a fun-filled 90 minutes of musical comedy at Trinity.

Florida-based GFOUR is back with the successful formula that appeals mostly to women who have “been there” and takes more than one shot at husbands who haven’t a clue what they go through.

Men made up about five percent of the audience on opening night as four very talented actresses, all who have had experience in the touring show, pulled out all of the stops in exposing the joys and pains of being a mother.

There are differences in the two shows. Not all of the songs are parodies, and a few are sweet and serious. The funniest is a takeoff on Streisand’s “Memories.”

Lisa Manuli plays the very pregnant Amy, who opens the show with “I’m Having a Baby,” while her neighbors (Jewel Lucien, Mary Kathryn Kaye and Becca McCoy) throw her a baby shower singing “Welcome to Motherhood.”

There’s a divorced mom, a working mom and a stay-at-home mom, giving the writers loads of material, some of which is hysterically funny and some filled with clichés. Not that clichés are all bad, as observed by the reactions of the audience members who found much to relate to.

Amy is naïve, as she “wants to be a perfect mom,” which gives her friends great delight, as they recall their years of motherhood. The one-act musical moves from pregnancy to birth, with a great One Week Later epilogue.

Unlike “Menopause,” “Motherhood” goes for the heartstrings as well as the funny bone. There are diversions about weight loss, bulk shopping at the big box Costco, diapers, unwanted sex with hubby, breastfeeding and a hilarious number called “I Leak.”

Cell phone calls from the expectant mother’s mother are funny and true to life, as are most of the scenarios. While this show is aimed at mothers, fathers will find much to laugh about, when they aren’t being laughed at. There is no question that “Motherhood the Musical” is a perfect “girl’s night out.”

What will they do down the road for an encore? “Grandmotherhood The Musical”?

“Motherhood the Musical” is at Trinity through July 1. Tickets are $44. Call 251-4242.


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