Mother Courage and Her Children OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    January 7, 2016
    Closing:
    January 24, 2016

    Theater: Classic Stage Comp. / 136 East 13th Street, New York, NY, 10003

    Synopsis: 

    CSC continues its exploration of Bertolt Brecht with a look at his most famous play. The indomitable Mother Courage follows one luckless army after another across a war-torn world in her canteen wagon. She’ll do anything to hold onto her money-making wagon, even if it means the loss of her children. Experience a timeless tale of war updated to the modern-day conflagration in the Congo, with a new and vibrant score by Tony Award-winning composer Duncan Sheik.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Mother Courage and Her Children

    A ‘Mother Courage’ Deployed to Africa

    Charles Isherwood

    January 19, 2016: Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage doesn’t fit the mold of a conventional heroine, or even the mold of a conventional antiheroine. But Kecia Lewis, who plays the role in the Classic Stage Company’s terrific production of “Mother Courage and Her Children,” certainly deserves some sort of badge of honor. Ms. Lewis’s commanding performance would be impressive under any circumstances, but the drama surrounding her undertaking the part makes the achievement all the more remarkable. As theater watchers are likely to know, Ms. Lewis stepped into the production at the last minute when the star who was first cast, Tonya Pinkins, departed just two days before the originally scheduled opening, eventually citing the traditional artistic differences with her director, Brian Kulick, albeit with nontraditional rancor. When I saw the show on Saturday, Ms. Lewis had given just four performances.

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