ensemble theatre · kas productions · United States of America

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Review by RENE ANDRE

June 09, 2015 certified reviewer

My overall impression

While still not being able to quite pronounce the title of this play, I found it to be a fun, entertaining family dramedy with strong, believable performances. It is minimalist in approach, yet successfully conveys the passage of time in the lives of three generations of women: grandmother, mother, daughter. The grandmother is an eccentric character who reminded me of a young 1930’s Katherine Hepburn. The mother and daughter were also strong characters in their own right. Eleemosynary explores a quirky, dysfunctional family and how generational rifts can force characters to find their independence and thrive, but also be the source of pain and deep-seeded personal issues. So, in that sense, it is relatable and tugs at the heart strings. If you like character drama, see Eleemosynary.

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