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Theatre Review: Mustard Seed's 'Well' Is Charming, Whimsical And Seriously Informative

Thursday 7 March 2019


From US newspaper the Ladue News:


A scene from 'Well'
A scene from 'Well'.
(Photo: Ann K Photography)

Mustard Seed's 'Well' Is Charming, Whimsical and Seriously Informative: Theater Review

By Mark Bretz
March 5, 2019
© Copyright 2019 Ladue News.

Play: Well
Company: Mustard Seed Theatre
Venue: Fontbonne Fine Arts Theatre, Big Bend at Wydown
Dates: March 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17


Story: While a middle-age woman relaxes in a recliner at stage right, Lisa enters the room and addresses the audience directly. She tells us that we’re about to see “a multi-character theatrical exploration of issues of health and illness both in the individual and in the community.”

Lisa wonders why some people such as herself can be sick and then recover while others, such as her mother Ann, remain ill for years and years and years. She’s particularly puzzled how her mother could heal an entire community by addressing racial issues and as head of a neighborhood organization offer solutions with her periodic bursts of energy but cannot escape for long her own unhealthy condition.

These days Lisa ruminates that her mother might be diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia, but back when Lisa was a kid her mom was almost always too feeble to get out and about. Nevertheless, there was method in Ann’s organizational madness. She’s arranged the stuff in her living room efficiently in her own mind, pointing out which books are where and how she arranges work materials, collectibles, etc.

Lisa is a playwright who specializes in one-woman shows, but for this occasion she’s asked a number of performers to act out the various scenes she’s assembled for her work in progress. She insists that her story “is not about my mother and me,” but it sure as heck sounds like it’s exactly that.


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