The pieces, organized by Susan Rose and Joan Stein, are the work of several playwrights, including some familiar to Denver Center attendees: Theresa Rebeck (Our House), Michele Lowe (Inana, Map of Heaven and the evil-hearted, hilarious Smell of the Kill, which was shown at the Avenue). Also, Lisa Loomer, whose Two Things You Don’t Talk About at Dinner featured a passionately political seder and ignited intense debate. Loomer contributes a touching piece about a mother whose seven-year-old son wants to go to a Purim party dressed as Queen Esther.
The vignettes also feature great-grandmotherhood, adoption from China, a Muslim mother with a teenage daughter, a woman dealing with an autistic son. “It’s a play for mothers or anyone who’s ever had a mother,” says director Bob Wells. “It has everything from tender pieces to very, very funny ones. There’s a cast of five women and one man: He plays a gay father who talks about his role as the mommy.”
The show opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. and runs Fridays and Saturdays (and select Thursdays and Sundays) through February 23, at the Avenue Theater, 417 East 17th Avenue; tickets are $18 to $26. For information, call 303-321-5925 or go to www.avenuetheater.com.
Fridays, Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 10, 2 p.m.; March 1-2, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., March 9, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., March 22, 7:30 p.m.; April 12-13, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., April 20, 7:30 p.m.; April 26-27, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., May 10, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., May 11, 7:30 p.m. Starts: Jan. 18. Continues through Feb. 21, 2013