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Mothers and Sons


Playing at the John Golden Theatre located at 252 West 45th Street.  It runs one hour thirty minutes with no intermission. It is an open ended show.

The play premiered at the Bucks County Playhouse in Pennsylvania from June 13-23 2013.  It starred Tyne Daley and Bobby Steggert.

Terrence McNally is the playwright.  This is his 20th Broadway production.  He won four Tony Awards for “Ragtime (1998), “Master Class” (1996), “Love! Valour! Compassion!” (1995) and “Kiss of the Spider Woman” (1993).  Terrence was nominated for a Tony Award for “the Full Monty” (2001),

Sheryl Kaller is the director.  She was nominated for a Tony Award in 2010 for “Next Fall”.

Tyne Daly made her Broadway debut in 1967 in “That Summer-That Fall”   Tyne won a Tony Award for ”Gypsy” (1990)   and was nominated for a Tony Award in 2006 for “Rabbit Hole”.  She has been nominated for seventeen Emmy Awards and won six. The six are for “Judging Amy” (2003), “Christy” (1966) and “Cagney and Lacey (1983, 1984, 1985, 1988).

Frederick Weller was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for “Take Me Out” (2002), “In a Dark, Dark House; Some Men” (2007).  He is known for his televisiom role “In Plain Sight”.

Bobby Steggert was nominated for a Tony Award for “Ragtime” (2010). He was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for “110 in the Shade” (2007) and two Drama Desk Awards in 2010: one for “Yank” and one the other for “Ragtime”.

Cal Porter (Fredrick Weller) is describing the view from his apartment on Central Park West to Katherine Gerard (Tyne Daley).  Katherine is the mother of Cal’s former partner who died of aids over twenty years ago.

Cal has a husband Will Ogden (Bobby Steggert) and a son Bud Ogden-Porter (Grayson Taylor).

The story revolves around Katherine and Cal’s feelings for her son past and present. The story tells what has happen in their lives during those periods.

Katherine has gotten in touch with Cal because he sent her, her sons diary and wants to return it.  Neither wants to read or keep it.

Cal has gone on with his life and reflects on the attitudes towards gays and how it has changed.

Katherine still has not come to accept who her son was. She tells him things about herself he did not know.

This is a touching story of accepting people for who they are, whether it’s your choice or not.

You have to see the show to find out if she does.  Mothers and sons is a well written show.

Tyne Daley is mesmerizing in the role. Her portrayal of a tormented mother not willing to accept the fact her son was gay is excellent.

Review by Rozanna Radakovich

Photos by Annazor.

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