Theater reviewer Jeff DeBell has a lot to say, mostly complementary, about Gamut Theatre‘s production of “Eleemosynary.” Have you seen it? Do you agree? Let us know in the comments.
Theater review: Cast, direction shine in Gamut’s ‘Eleemosynary’
by Jeff DeBell
Relations between mothers and daughters are sometimes prickly and sometimes loving and almost always challenging for your average guy to comprehend.
On the evidence of “Eleemosynary,” however, male playwright Lee Blessing seems to be the exception. His one-act play tackles the bonds and fractures among three generations of one family’s women and does a pretty good job of showing what makes them tick.
“Eleemosynary,” a drama that is leavened by generous dollops of humor, can be seen this week in the June M. McBroom Theatre at Community High School. It’s a production of Gamut and is one of the company’s more accessible efforts. Playgoers who have been puzzled by Gamut’s forays into the riddles of Beckett, Pirandello and the like will be rewarded if they give this one a shot.
Besides being reasonably audience-friendly, Gamut’s “Eleemosynary” is given a sterling ride by director Michael Mansfield and his excellent cast of three: Rachel Sailer, Amanda Mansfield and Emma Sala.