Suddenly Mommy! - A Comedy-Filled Night for Moms and Dads AlikeThursday, May 19, 2011
Suddenly Mommy! follows the plight of Anne Marie, an actress turned mom, who wakes up one morning and realizes that motherhood isn't all it's cracked up to be. Donned in a feathered pink boa and a pink flower in her hair, Anne Marie, played by Sheffler herself, shares the inner turmoil she experiences after getting married, becoming a mom and a step-mom. Between the tantrums and the fussing, she finds herself longing to be who she once was - a young, attractive career woman who didn't fuss and have tantrums.
The stage is set with a children's slide, a rocking fish and a suitcase to the right and a vanity desk, chair, a pair of black pumps and a white dress reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe to the left. Throughout the play, Anne Marie transitions from an immature mother who complains that being a mom is all about the food prep, to a woman on the brink of a nervous breakdown who just can't take it anymore and wants to run away from her life, leaving it up to her sister to take care of her children for three days. She reenacts all of the not-so-pleasant events that lead to her melt-down and uses comedic relief both of the witty and physical kind. The highlight of the play involved a conversation between herself and the one and only Céline Dion. Running from one spotlight to another, Anne Marie steals the one-woman show with her hilarious impersonation of the famous singer who has it all.
Suddenly Mommy! is replete with funny and witty moments that are sure to make you laugh, if not nod your head in agreement. Anne Marie's tale is one that is real and not as far fetched as one would hope. I could easily relate to a number of scenarios as did a number of parents in the audience. On the whole, I would recommend Suddenly Mommy! to any parent looking for a fun night out sans enfants. With tickets purchased in advance costing as little as $20, it is well worth the trip out to The Theatre Centre. And with the venue being small and intimate, every seat is a good seat. You almost feel like you're a part of the show. So grab your fellow moms and their husbands and head out for a comedy-filled night that's perfect for moms and dads alike.
Disclosure: I received a pair of complimentary tickets to see Suddenly Mommy! in order to facilitate this review. Any opinions expressed in this review are my own.