BWW Review: SINS OF THE MOTHER Smolders at Banks Brothers Productions
SINS OF THE MOTHER is the powerful centerpiece of the Banks Brothers Productions Mother's Day weekend showcase of plays. On May 6th through the 8th this company is presenting a trio of short works including THE CHURCH FIGHT, SAVING GRACE, and this play all at once. Broadway World got to preview the piece that makes up the second half of the evening, and it is a testament to the strength of when you get a cast of strong actresses together to deliver a dynamic drama. SINS OF THE MOTHER deals with three generations of black women as they grapple with the effects of alcohol and abuse as the only constant in their lives. Masterfully acted and expertly directed, it's well worth venturing to the Midtown Arts Center to experience.
In flashbacks Terrie Donald is a striking figure as the grandmother who has set all of this in action. She looms large over the entire work, a terrifying master of insults and breaking dreams with her cast iron tongue and mocking laughter.
Director Vincent Victoria knows his stuff, and orchestrates SINS OF THE MOTHER like a choral piece. He uses an intense level of volume from his actresses including an exquisite crescendo as past and present conjoin in a sequence where nuns appear to drag off the young version of the mother to a wayward home. Everything builds and builds, and then suddenly in the final stretch he uses lethal silence that underscores the last passages. SINS OF THE MOTHER makes the most of the Midtown Arts Center's thrust stage which places the drama close to the audience. This is an exciting work that holds your attention for the entire running time.
SINS OF THE MOTHER works well, and it makes me excited to see the other two plays that compliment it. You will need to move quickly to catch this one given the one weekend run, but it is certainly well worth the investment in time and effort to attend. It will make you grateful for the blessings of a good mother or console you if the opposite is true. It is well acted, expertly directed, and a reminder of what good theatre does ultimately. It questions the past, and challenges the future to be so much better.