MotherStruck! | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Staceyann Chinn

Staceyann Chinn

Patrick Lazour

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 17 2016
Price: $42-$48
Watching Staceyann Chin’s searing one-woman show about her journey to single motherhood, I was reminded of lesbian performance artist Holly Hughes’s early work circling her relationship with her mother. I also recalled poet Adrienne Rich's line “The loss of the daughter to the mother, the mother to the daughter, is the essential female tragedy.” Chin's own mother abandoned her at an early age, which informs her own parenting—and therein lies redemption. There’s power in Chin’s honesty, not just about mothering but also about her sexuality and financial insecurity (she’s nearly evicted), as well as her choice to get pregnant on her own. Like Hughes, Chin is playful, coy, and magnetic onstage. Ron Russell’s dynamic direction keeps the nonlinear story moving and dynamic; what could be maudlin or bathetic is profound in Chin’s telling. —Suzanne Scanlon



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