Mother Courage and Her Children

May 15th - September 21st Tom Patterson Theatre Ticket Info
Generally Positive Reviews based on 8 Critics
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8 Reviews

Supporting performances and McKenna solid

J. Kelly Nestruck The Globe and Mail

“..finely hewn supporting performances from Geraint Wyn Davies as a cock-of-the-walk Cook; Ben Carlson as a snivelling yet sympathetic Chaplain; and particularly from Deidre Gillard-Rowlings as a tart, named Yvette, stealing scenes and bringing home the play’s message about the unholy alliance of war and moneyin the most unvarnished way.”

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Geraint Wyn Davies and Seana McKenna powerful

Robert Cushman The National Post

“[Seana McKenna delivers] a tough, lucid performance in a tough, lucid production…her beggars’ duet with Geraint Wyn Davies on the despairing “Song of Solomon” (which also crops up in different form in The Threepenny Opera) is the evening’s most powerful scene”

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Genuine Brecht

Jamie Portman Capital Critics circle

“McKenna’s performance is contained in a production of genuinely Brechtian sensibility. Crude banners unfurl to announce the scene changes. The song interludes, featuring music from Keith Thomas, a composer sensitive to sounds and sensibility of a Kurt Weill, create a further distancing effect. Yet we’re still drawn into a deeper relationship with this world than Brecht perhaps wanted.“

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McKenna is simply magnificent

Geoff Dale Donald's Dish

ÈSupporting characters like Geraint Wynn Davies’ incurably ‘randy’ cook and Ben Carlson’s oft time confused chaplain are top-notch, while the regal vocal stylings of Stephen Russell as the stern regimental clerk adding the perfunctory sense of the all-pervasive military dictating the lives of all who come under its control.È

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This timeless play must be seen

Lauren Gienow Broadway World

“as moving, upsetting, and as politically relevant as ever…which is likely exactly what playwright Bertolt Brecht intended when he initially wrote it as a response to the Second World War.”

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Women of heart and main

Richard Ouzounian Toronto Star

Critic Richard Ouzounian notes that director Martha Henry and leading lady Seana McKenna highlight’s the result of which is a low-key and humanistic reading of the play.

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