Review: Stratford Festival’s Mother Courage and Her Children


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By: Richard Ouzounian Theatre Critic, Published on Sat May 31 2014

Mother Courage and Her Children

By Bertolt Brecht. Directed by Martha Henry. Until Sept. 21 at the Tom Patterson Theatre. 1-800-567-1600.

STRATFORD—The very best thing about the production that opened at the Tom Patterson Theatre on Friday night is that it puts the Mother back in Mother Courage and Her Children.

Bertolt Brecht’s epic play about the horrors of war and the way it changes the lives of all who touch it is frequently staged with its political message front and centre, while the human elements are allowed to fend them for themselves.

But in the hands of director Martha Henry and leading lady Seana McKenna, no such folly is possible. To quote Joni Mitchell, these are “women of heart and mind,” who will not let a message exist without an emotion behind it and vice versa.

Read the full review on The Star’s website

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