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Mother, A - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Mother, A

Maxim Gorky, Constance Congdon

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

4m, 5f

ISBN: 9780881452433

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Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

“…Dark, invigoratingly sardonic…Constance Congdon’s MOTHER is as uncompromisingly savvy as it is bitingly funny....   MOTHER is an exhilarating blend of one of Chekhov’s dysfunctional provincial families run through the wringer of Joe Orton’s iconoclastic comedy. It’s also Maxim Gorky through and through, providing a canny look at Gorky as a dramatic bridge between Chekhov and Brecht.   Congdon’s A MOTHER is adapted from Gorky’s play VASSA ZHELEZNOVA.... MOTHER [is] as much an enlightening rediscovery as an exciting new play.   Vassa, a kind of proto-Mother Courage, is the head of a family one generation removed from serfdom and facing a crisis. The husband with whom she’s built a fairly successful peat-mining and tile-making business is dying upstairs. Without a will, all their possessions will pass to their two sons—the uselessly self-pitying Pavel and the slothful, self-indulgent Semyon, a man who can no longer fit into any of his clothes except pajamas.   Congdon’s dialogue is crisp, her Gorky-derived characters captivating and her wit devilishly sharp....”Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle


4m, 5f


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Constance Congdon

Constance Congdon

Constance Congdon has been called "one of the best playwrights our country and our language has ever produced" by playwright Tony Kushner in Kushner's introduction to her collection Tales of the Lost Formicans and Other Plays. In addition to Tales of the Lost Formicans, which has had more than 200 productions world-wide, Ms. Congdon's plays include Casanova and Dog Opera, both produced at the ... view full profile

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