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Well Paperback – August 1, 2005
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And in response to Shakespeare's final comment below (Shakespeare??)--"Ms. Kron has inadvertently created a challenge to anyone wanting to stage the most sophomoric production on mother-daughter relationships." This is a bad thing?
It's probably helpful to distinguish between Kron, the author of the play, and Lisa, the character in the play. In creating a play about her troubled relationship with her mother, Lisa self-servingly wants the audience to understand the situation from her point of view. But stories and characters take on lives of their own, and the play's humor and dramatic tension comes from Lisa's attempts to maintain control even as things increasingly spin out of control. And isn't that a little like life?
Kron takes Lisa to task, satirizing her own vain attempts to separate herself from her wonderful/awful mother. And this is why the play is so powerful: it acknowledges our deep-rooted need to individuate from our parents, but also our equally deep-rooted need for connection and approval. What at first seems like a comic hatchet-job about someone's "mad mother" becomes a thoughtful exploration of how and why we create stories in order to understand ourselves and our world. WELL combines sentiment and insight, and it does so with real wit and theatrical bravado. It's a wonderful play.
As things build on stage with a mix of characters (some playing triple roles) Kron's message becomes clear. We are alike yet we are separate. We are sick and we are well. There is no line between sick people and well people. It's about much more..really..it's about what it means to integrate and become something other than someone else.
I hope my daughters will read and maybe even see the play. I wish I had see it when my mother was still alive. Besides the profound conclusion..this play is very funny. Enjoy!
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I didn't get to see this play on Broadway, though I sure wish I had! It is so wonderfully written and it is easy to imagine the vivid scenes taking shape onstage. Read morePublished on January 21, 2009 by Miriador