Sweet, Sweet Motherhood OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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Opening Night:
July 11, 2010
Closing:
July 31, 2010

Theater: HERE Arts Center / 145 Ave. of Americas, New York, NY, 10013

Synopsis: 

In Sweet, Sweet Motherhood Shelley McCann (Caroline Cooney) is a bitingly intelligent undergraduate student at a top university. Although Shelley covets a spot in a top graduate program, she would rather party than build up a respectable GPA. Professor Henry Stein (Michael De Nola) is an eminent biotechnology researcher and professor at Shelley's university. One afternoon, Shelley stumbles into Stein's office to propose a senior thesis. No ordinary research proposal, Shelley's ideas lay bare the ethical and moral quandaries associated with biotechnology today.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Sweet, Sweet Motherhood

    Imagining Evolution as a Two-Way Street

    Rachel Saltz

    July 15, 2010: Mamas, don’t let your sons grow up to be chimpanzees. Here’s how: Avoid experiments in which you fertilize your egg with chimp sperm and then have it implanted in your womb.

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  • BACKSTAGE REVIEW OF Sweet, Sweet Motherhood

    Sweet, Sweet Motherhood

    Clifford Lee Johnson III

    July 12, 2010: A play concerned with creating a human-animal hybrid is teed up to explore the nature of humanity, but "Sweet, Sweet Motherhood," written by Jeremy Kareken in collaboration with Lee M. Silver and currently running at Here Arts Center, whiffs at the opportunity, ultimately deriving neither heat nor meat from its Frankenstein story.

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  • CURTAIN UP REVIEW OF Sweet, Sweet Motherhood

    Sweet, Sweet Motherhood

    Gregory Wilson

    July 19, 2010: I'll say this for Sweet, Sweet Motherhood: it certainly knows how to practice what it preaches. The play is all about hybrids — horses and donkeys, sheep and goats, llamas and camels, mice (or chimps) and men. It's written as a hybrid project (stemming from something literally called the Two-Headed Challenge) by two men, scientist and professor Lee M. Silver and playwright Jeremy Kareken. In theory, it's intended to act as a hybrid play, combining comedy with tragedy, ethical quandary with midlife crisis, Michael Crichton meets Woody Allen and David Lodge by way of Gattaca. But in practice, sadly, it's not much more than misogynist fantasy masquerading as morality play, and not a very good one at that.

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