MotherStruck! OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    December 14, 2015
    Closing:
    January 29, 2016

    Theater: Culture Project / 45 Bleecker St, New York, New York, 10002

    Synopsis: 

    "MotherStruck" sets forth Staceyann Chin’s personal journey to motherhood as a single woman, lesbian and activist who does not have health insurance or a “serious, stable financial set up,” but wants to have a child. Told through Chin’s uniquely personal and poetic lens, this solo show explores how the process changed her life and how she makes peace with what she learns from this profound experience.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF MotherStruck!

    In ‘MotherStruck!’ Staceyann Chin Chronicles Her Quest to Become Pregnant

    Charles Isherwood

    December 14, 2015: “Sometimes it feels like I’ve spent my entire life terrified of getting pregnant,” says Staceyann Chin at the top of her solo show “MotherStruck!” Born in Jamaica, Ms. Chin grew up in fear of becoming a “statistic” like her mother: young and pregnant, with no father to help support her child. But the subject of this engaging and often funny stage memoir, which opened on Monday at the Culture Project, is not, in fact, Ms. Chin’s valiant efforts to stave off motherhood, but her increasingly strong desire for, and her difficulty in, actually achieving it. Ms. Chin has such a magnetic presence, with deep brown eyes that seem to give out light, that you might almost believe that she was unspooling her story for you alone, in your own living room or maybe hers. Wearing tights under a loose dress, her hair shaved on two sides, leaving a shock of red like an exclamation point in the middle, she bounds around the small, circular performance space with a wiry intensity. Nor does she confine herself to the stage: Often, the urgency of her story sends her flying out into the audience, or up the aisles at least.

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