Whitefire Theatre Solofest Presents “Lemur Mom” Written and Performed by Megan Dolan, and Directed by Wendy Hammers.
Sunday, January 27 at 7.30pm, Sunday March 31 at 3pm, Sunday April 28 at 3pm.
Whitefire Theatre, 13500 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
This is a play about motherhood and how hard we can be on ourselves.
As a mother myself I have had my own regular episodes of self doubt. I still do, so I can completely relate to Megan Dolan and her struggles to believe that she is the right mother for her child.
Megan’s motherhood journey has the additional spice of “the spectrum.” Having a child who seems a little different from what we consider acceptable or normal can be challenging. I have also had my own experiences with that. So how can any of this be entertaining, since that is what a play in the end must seek to do?
It’s a puzzle, how we can laugh at our struggles, our failures, at how we continue to bump into one obstacle after another as we navigate life. But that is human nature I suppose and this show, “Lemur Mom,” does an extraordinary job of exploding the mother myth in hilarious, heartrending and brilliantly funny ways. In support groups, classrooms, parks and the often dreaded birthday parties and beyond.
Megan Dolan is a star, let me just put that out there right away …she is lovely and sweet and endearing and seriously talented…but not at all in an annoyingly perfect way. She beautifully portrays the arch of motherhood from triumphs to disasters and finding ourselves and understanding that a mother fits herself around the child and so must be as unique and singular for that child as that child is for the world.
“Lemur Mom” is a so wonderfully constructed and so exquisitely performed that it leaves no doubt in Megan’s ability to grip an audience with her story and in Wendy Hammer’s direction to support and develop and encourage Megan’s voice.
Motherhood is oddly dismissed isn’t it, as if it’s as simple as making toast or programming a satnav or splitting an atom. Megan and Wendy prove to us that it is the most difficult and the most important and life-changingly fulfilling accident to befall us lucky few. To create people, to try to help them be good and happy and to not make too much of a mess is a privilege, even when it doesn’t feel like one from time to time. Bravo to them both for giving us permission to laugh at what we sometimes can only cry about.
Megan has performed stories for the Moth, was a featured speaker at TEDxWomen Pasadena, and has performed in numerous solo festivals and comedy shows. Wendy has directed many other solo shows and has also worked as an actress on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Sopranos,” “Gray Nomad (ATC), “and her acclaimed solo show “Ripe” (national tour). As a stand up comic, she’s appeared on “Oprah” and “The Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” So WOW for both of them.
This show is also playing on Sunday March 31 at 3pm, Sunday April 28 at 3pm so you have absolutely no excuse to miss it and I challenge you not too…Loved it!!!!