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 y...
I will be honest and say I haven't sat down in a theater to see anything in a Long while.
The week to weekend had been a bit rough.
And a friend said to check out the Fringe Festival and Eleemosynary.. Well I missed the Friday performance.
I'm glad I didn't miss the Sunday one. I wasn't sure what to expect.. but I realized I was in the play, into the story. The characters.. The generations and the trip thru time following three women with their own style of genius.
How much was I into the play?
The characters the direction it was taking. I lived thru some of that and was having humorous memories and going: ooh yeah I can relate to the.. Yes that Excentric... Memories in full and the fears of.. well *pe...
This play is unusual in its structure, but these actors manage to take a challenge and connect to it. Lee Blessing's characters are rich and diverse, and this production does it justice. A wonderful evening at the theater. ...
Captivating from start to end. Courageous performances from all three actresses, especially Kari Swanson who tackled one of the most difficult and complex roles I've ever seen and handled it with grace and aplomb. This play is perfectly suited for a stripped down production - theater as it should be, all character and thought, no cheap distractions of sound and fury. Also pleasantly short; Osteria Mamma is nearby which makes for a very fine soul-affirming evening with time to spare. Go!...
"Eleemosynary" is a beautiful play with a strong female cast! It eloquently shows the complexities of intergenerational family relationships. It explores deep themes while making you laugh along the way. ...
Director Miranda Stewart has staged the play with eloquent simplicity, cannily keeping the production attuned to the ebb and flow of the playwright’s beautiful language which in the adroit handling of these three skilled actresses fills eighty minutes with wit, sarcasm and surprising sweetness--a bracing evening of swiftly paced ensemble playing marked by grace notes of remembrance, regret and forgiveness. All three actresses land their moments with authority and ease. Ms. Stewart's sure-handed direction shines a bright light on this neglected play about three generations of brilliant, idiosyncratic women....
The three performers are marvelous but as I was expecting a play about three generations of women - grandmother, mother and daughter - it was a disappointment that all three are played by young women. Whether playwright Lee Blessing intended to cast this way is unclear. Still, Sienna Beckman, as the teenage Echo, manages to suggest not only an awkward pre-teen but even a 3 month infant. As the grandmother, Dorothea, Alyson Terwilliger gives a bright portrait of a ditzy 1950’s housewife whose head and brains are way up in the clouds. As the mother, Artie, Kari Swanson captures the anguish of a woman desperately fleeing any emotional connections until forced to capitulate by her only child. Director Miranda Stewart adroitly handles the twistin...
• adjective el·ee·mo·sy·nary \ˌe-li-ˈmä-sə-ˌner-ē, -ˈmō-; -ˈmä-zə-\
• Definition of ELEEMOSYNARY
: of, relating to, or supported by charity
• Example of ELEEMOSYNARY
<he used his vast fortune for establishing and funding a host of eleemosynary institutions>
• Origin of ELEEMOSYNARY
•Medieval Latin eleemosynarius, from Late Latin eleemosyna alms — more at alms
•First Known Use: circa 1616
• Related to ELEEMOSYNARY
altruistic, beneficent, benevolent, do-good, charitable, good, humanitarian, philanthropic (also philanthropical)
self-centered, self-concerned, selfish
And quite an exceptional word for a spelling bee. An interesting introduction to a story about three generation...
The set is deliberately spare; the emotions are not.
Three generations of women are played superbly by three young actresses (Sienna Beckman, Kari Swanson, and Alyson Terwilliger). Deftly directed by Miranda Stewart, ELEEMOSYNARY is a play about their relationships with each other. Each scene switches backwards and forwards in time, and yet it all works.
Dorothea, the matriarch, when she is stymied in getting an education, takes refuge in being an eccentric.
Artie, who becomes a mother too soon, fights for and gets her education as a scientist, but at a cost.
And Echo, raised primarily by her grandmother, is a fighter, and a champion speller.
The play (and the word play too) stays with you, as you wonder what lies ahead for th...