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Theatre: Off-Broadway

The New Group presents The Good Mother


Opens Thursday Nov 15, 2012 (7–8:30pm)

Oct 19, 2012 – Dec 22, 2012



The Acorn at Theatre Row

410 W 42nd St




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Larissa (Gretchen Moll) believes she is the ultimate Good Mother to her special-needs daughter, and playwright Francine Volpe has her emphatically proclaim so at every turn. The thing is,  reality has finally caught up with this suburban 30-something party girl who still lives in the '90s. Brief scenes featuring each of the men in Larissa's life provide just enough detail to keep the audience wondering about the rest after the curtain falls. Rather than a reflection on the Great Recession or indictment of social service agencies, The Good Mother is an absorbing character study. Many of us know this type of woman from school or work and, to her great credit, Moll never makes her sympathetic.

Patricia Contino, Flavorpill