Comedy. By Mayo Simon.
Cast: 3m., 2w. The Cold War is over! But the war between mothers and daughters never ends. Can Elaine and Beth ever stop fighting over men, careers, philosophy, hair? Every since its triumphant opening at the Humana Festival in Louisville, this very human comedy has been making audiences laugh with recognition and cry with understanding at the conflicts between the generations. "Mayo Simon's Elaine's Daughter was the brightest play of the Festival, a sharp sighted little comedy about a generational conflict between opposites," writes Mel Gussow of the New York Times. Other critics were unanimous in their praise: "The gem of the festival...a sweet, wise laugh-out-loud, lump-in-the-throat comedy," (Jackie Demaline, Times Union) "As funny and telling a comedy as I have seen in some time," (David Nowlan, The Irish Times) "The obvious hit of the festival," (Maureen Conlan, Cincinnati Post) Michael Kuckwara of the A.P. writes: "Of all the plays at the festival, the most accomplished was Elaine's Daughter, a funny, rueful generational comedy by Mayo Simon. The combatants are a sweet, sexy, world-wise widow and her intellectual, argumentative, twenty-six-year-old unmarried daughter." Faced with decisions about men, each yearning for love, each trying to teach the other how to live, mother and daughter ultimately come together in an exquisite, unforgettable moment. By turns funny, poignant, sad, and hopeful, Elaine's Daughter is an emotional roller coaster for an audience that does not know whether the next moment will bring gales of laughter or tears. A richly satisfying evening at the theatre. One int. set.