Mother and Me | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Anthony Bianciella

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 14 2016
Price: $25-$30
Halfway through Broadway veteran Melinda Buckley’s one-woman show chronicling her fraught, codependent relationship with her glamorous but erratic Hungarian-immigrant mother (think working-class Gabor sister), Buckley has the increasingly demented octogenarian involuntarily committed to a psych ward. As the debilitated diva disappears behind steel doors, she hisses at her daughter, “I never want to see you again.” It might be an emotionally devastating moment, but like most everything in these unrelentingly manicured 75 minutes, it reads as a sharp bit of crafty acting. Under Kimberly Senior’s direction, Buckley is so poised and precise (the Broadway training is always evident) there’s hardly room for spontaneity or vulnerability—even the tears seem to arrive on cue. The material is poignant; less acting and more candor might give it emotional depth. —Justin Hayford

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