Writer: Dena Blizzard
Reviewer: Tim Koch
Carpools, laundry, school, soccer, poop, dinner, laundry, toys, baths, laundry.
Being a parent is hard, and finding time to talk and laugh about it is rare. At New World Stages, Dena Blizzard takes audiences on a cathartic journey through parenthood. This show is by adults and for adults, and based on the reactions of the audience, that is greatly appreciated by the parents looking to add some much-needed levity to the pressures of having and raising children.
Set in a living room that has recently seen a three-child tornado, One Funny Mother is a whirlwind 80-minute monologue illustrating what it’s really like to be a mother of three children, as Blizzard cleans up and prepares for a girls-night-out.
Blizzard gives a manic performance that is completely genuine. As the self-proclaimed Mayor of Crazytown, she brings a hyperaware and self-deprecating energy to the show. Her comedy is witty and truthful, and her presentation of it makes the night feel like a conversation between friends.
Blizzard’s scenes are interspersed with equally entertaining video segments. There are interviews with other parents on various areas of parenthood, such as Best Meltdown and Are You Sexy?
One of the gems of One Funny Mother is the simultaneous activity that Blizzard uses to underscore the comedy. As she slowly cleans up the living room, she casually eats food she finds around, and pulls a surprising amount of alcohol from a surprising number of hiding places.
It’s impossible to see this performance and not leave lighter and happier, and with an invigorating understanding of what makes parenting one of the great joys of being human. Dena Blizzard is indeed One Funny Mother.
Runs until 2 July 2016 (Thurs. and Sat.) | Image: Donna Spagna Photography