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The MOMologues

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For the moms reading this, and possibly a few dads, you will probably enjoy this show for its humorous treatment of the woes of child-raising. There are some genuine belly-laughs in it, and the final monologue about putting your child on the school bus for the first time will grab you by the heart and squeeze. Be prepared for a bit of swearing and some frank discussion of women’s anatomy and pregnancy side-effects. I must say, the frozen-peas ice bags scene made me laugh hard. I applaud the actresses who put their best into the show. They are very believable as stressed-out women trying to find validation and comfort from one another. I am certain I will thoroughly enjoy seeing them in future shows.

In my opinion, however, the script is not strong. The show is built on trying to find humor in the hard parts of parenting. From striving to get pregnant, painful childbirth, lack of sleep, children’s health concerns, and annoying child behaviors, this show highlights a lot of good reasons to not have kids. Although there are a few mentions of it “being all worthwhile,” the script provides almost no indications of why these women ever chose to have more than one child. In fact, most of the vignettes are packed with the kind of complaining and child-centeredness that creates the divide between friends who have children and friends who don’t. The folks who will most likely enjoy this show are those who have gone through these experiences. Those who haven’t pretty much just want to facepalm and remind the characters that they have no one but themselves to blame for their circumstances.

The MOMologues, Music Theatre of Wenatchee, Directed by Kari Demarco. June 21-23, 28-30, and July 1, 2012 at The Riverside Playhouse. Tickets available at www.pacwen.org.

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