ROSEN’S REVIEW: ‘Dear Mom’ gets Soho extension after sold-out run
Brooklynite Christine Covode’s one-woman show is a hit
After a successful sold-out run at the Soho Playhouse, Dear Mom, Sorry for Being a Bitch, is moving up to the mainstage and returning for a limited engagement this November (2nd-13th). The solo-show (with guests) is the brainchild of Brooklyn-based multi-hyphenate Christine Covode, who captured audiences’ hearts during her initial run last September.
The play, a laugh-out-loud rocketship of nostalgia, is a comedic reimagining of Covode’s childhood in suburban Evanston combined with a heartfelt tribute to her mother, and it moves at breakneck speed. The result is a rollercoaster of emotions that leaves audiences ultimately in tears of both laughter and collective sympathy.
It’s a testament to Covode’s commitment and vulnerability on stage. She lays her heart bare, and while the play soars on her silliness and expertly-honed sketch-comedy skills, it’s also one of the most moving pieces of theatre in recent Off-Broadway memory. Droves of teary-eyed patrons stumnbling out onto the sidewalk were evidence enough – several of whom struggled to stop the waterworks long after the show had concluded.
“I felt so much love from so many people who came in from all over the country,” said Covode. “I’m so grateful for my team – Sarah and Liv who are producing the show with me and my two amazing cast mates! The show is my baby child and I can’t wait to run it back again.”
It’s true, Dear Mom has the ability to resonate with people from all walks of life. It’s a moving tribute to all mothers; to the inherent strain that can accompany the mother-daughter relationship through the early years of adolescence. But the teenage angst, parental prying, and embarrassment from navigating sexual firsts is what makes the play relatable across demographics.
What hits home, emotionally, is the remembrance of our own mothers, and the desire to say to them what Covode says to her own: that not only are we sorry, but that we see everything in who they are and what they did for us. And the impossibility of putting that gratitude into words is something that Covode not only acknowledges, but conquers.
Dear Mom, Sorry for Being a Bitch will begin its extended run Nov. 2nd at the Soho Playhouse. It stars Covode, alongside Dan Kelly and Winnie Stack. Produced by Sarah Spangler and Liv Rhodes. Tickets can be purchased here.
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