Baltimore Theatre Project is “Baltimore’s Fringe Festival all year round.” And it’s true. While we love the high production and spectacular splash of the shows that come through the Hippodrome and the classically complex works produced by Center Stage, sometimes you just want something a little smaller. A little more intimate. Something high-emotion, but lo-fi. And that’s just the kind of work that can really shine at a venue like Theatre Project. Jeffrey Solomon’s award-winning Mother/SON charts the delicate, layered and changing relationship between a Jewish gay man and his mother. It’s an honest and poignant autobiographical exploration brought to the stage with precision, imagination and understated power.
Critically acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic, Emmy-nominated writer-performer Jeffrey Solomon plays both mother and son in this performance that Time Out-London called, “Profound, witty … Disarmingly Funny and Deeply Moving … a tour de force!” Solomon takes his audience on a journey of acceptance and celebrates what is possible when someone becomes open to change. Inspired, of course, by his own mother’s journey out of the closet as the parent of a gay son, the story traces her evolution from grief stricken mother turning up at a support group for parents of gays, to marching with her son in a pride parade. The work is witty and moving; familiar and yet enlightening. And often as hilarious as it is heart-string-tugging.
Mother/SON plays at the Baltimore Theatre Project (45 W. Preston St) August 14-17 at 8pm. Tickets are $12-$22 and can be purchased at www.theatreproject.org.
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