Mothers and Sons | Northlight Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Jeff Parker, Benjamin Sprunger, Ben Miller, and Cindy Gold

Jeff Parker, Benjamin Sprunger, Ben Miller, and Cindy Gold

Michael Brosilow

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 27 2016
Price: $15-$79
This stunning production is at once an AIDS epitaph and a deeply unsettling commentary on family life. Two levels of tragedy foreground this Terrence McNally drama. There's the personal tragedy of Andre’s death, which stole him away from his lover, Cal (Jeff Parker), and mother, Katherine (Cindy Gold). But there's also the communal tragedy of the AIDS crisis itself—“our very own plague,” as Cal says. The play is a little too aware of itself as a memorial; its resonance is much more powerful on the concrete family level. It shows that even after 20 years, pain and denial can remain—there can be no forgiveness, no change. Parker is heartbreaking and Gold, who is just outstanding, universalizes the play beautifully. I can only speak for the sons in the audience, but for us, that is all our mothers up there. —Max Maller

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