One-act "Warm Milk Mamas," couldn't have been more timely. Playing for two consecutive weeks early May, opening just before the famous "Are you mom enough" image graced the cover of Time Magazine, shocking thousands of people into a frenzy over the subject of breastfeeding, Henry Wright puts Lisa Kimball's farce on breast feeding on stage at the Producer's Club in the Theatre District of Manhattan, New York. Second short between two other one-acts, when the play opens, you're not sure that it's a comedy at first. Tricia played by Anastasiya Le Gendre is first on stage. Wide-eyed in her hippie garb, she's the first to give you a hint that we're supposed to be laughing. Sabrina, played by Tara Maldonado, has the most sober role - she's uncomfortable with the idea of joining the support group. Tricia mothers her into the idea, after scolding her for admitting she tried formula with her newborn. She's embarrassed by her failure to breast feed one hundred percent of the time. Evelyn, played by Judith Peluchette, and Hannah, the support group leader, played by Manasa Vedula, join them to start the meeting, and that's when the belly laughs really begin. Vedula injects her character with a masterful sort of seriousness, to convey Hannah's faith in the cultish group. Evelyn is the most earth mother of the group, convinced she has a sixth sense-like connection with her child which allows her to "go diaper free," claiming to feel when he'll have a his next bowel movement. The show starts getting huber quirky when they are joined by borderline sleaze bag Eric played by Bradley Brian Custer, who claims to be a film maker, prepared to do a documentary on their group. Sabrina is the mainstay when it comes to skepticism and knows something's off with this guy from the get go. You really aren't sure if his shenanigans are legitimate or not, element which serves to create the second layer of intrigue to the play. He looses all credibility when he starts filming the group members breasts, close up. Le Gendre does a knock-out job of playing the dim-witted hippie love child, believing all the while Eric's intentions are warranted. At the end of the show, I was able to catch up with Le Gendre who told me that the cast had excellent chemistry throughout rehearsal and shows, that the one-act took on a life of it's own, and over all was a ton of fun. She also mentioned the possiblity of the show running again at the Producer's Club sometime at the end of the summer. Overall the play makes no solid statement about the subject which took center stage in the media for a brief moment, instead pokes a light finger at today's divided culture on a topic so close to home.
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