Brecht on a Monday

On Monday night, my friend Tanya and I went to see Classic Stage Company’s current production of “Mother Courage and Her Children.” I’d heard of Mother Courage but this production included music by Duncan Sheik and Tonya Pinkins so I said why not. 

MC is about people in any place on earth (really) during war times profiting off those war times. Mother Courage (Pinkins) does what she has to in order to maintain her family, only losing one of her three children to the war, and along the way her bartering business keeps developing.

I’m not a huge fan of Brecht and this was typical Brecht. In addition to her prop cart onstage, Pinkins carried the entire show on her back and wonderfully. The other standouts I thought were Michael Potts (RIP, Lennon) and Mirirai Sithole (as Pinkin’s daughter). 

CSC has done a fine job staging Mother Courage and just because it isn’t my cup of tea, that doesn’t mean it won’t be yours. I though that Pinkins has dropped out of the show and being advised by her lawyers not to disclose why. 

Always some drama whether you’re on or off-Broadway. 

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