AN EMOTIONAL ENCOUNTER BETWEEN “MOTHERS AND SONS”

By Bonnie Goldberg

    Query:  When is a secret not a secret?
    Answer:  When more than one person knows it.

    Secrets swirl like dry leaves from an autumn tree in Kevin Connors and Joe Landry’s world premiere musical “Mothers and Sons” debuting at Westport’s intimate Music Theatre of Connecticut until Sunday, February 1.

    Set in the pleasant suburbia town of Fairlawn, Connecticut, this original musical focuses on two women, Sarah and Abby, b.f.f.., best friends forever, who have provided each other with moral support and love through a number of life’s crises, like divorce, death of a spouse and cancer.  They share the big and little moments of life, holding on to each other with tears and laughter, as the occasion dictates.  They are both the mothers of one son.

    Now Sarah, a radio talk show therapist, has been offered a power house opportunity with the American Family Council, a conservative group out of Colorado that has a definite political agenda. Dr. Sarah Masters can now have her own national television talk show, as long as she spouts the company line and follows the prescribed company values.  Sarah must hop on the council’s bandwagon to help swing the country back to the right.

    What happens to Sarah’s grand plans  when her precious son Mark, valedictorian of his high school class, decides he must reveal his homosexuality?  How will Sarah take the news?  With unconditional love, like her friend Abby did when her son Bobby told her about his life partner Daniel or with something less understanding?  What happens when the advice guru needs advice?  Choices can be painful to make in this moving and heartbreaking musical with such stirring songs as “Have You Ever Loved?” and :I’ll Always Be There,”  under the sensitive direction of Kevin Connors.  The talented cast includes  Susan Terry as Sarah, Carolyn Marcell as Abby, Michael Lowney as Mark, Tom Stuart as Bobby, Rob Sutton as Daniel and Larry Daggett in multiple roles.

    For tickets ($35, students and seniors $25 at matinees), call MTC, 246 Post Road East, Colonial Green, lower level, Westport at 203-454-3883 or online at www.MTCMainStage.org. ; Performances are Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

    Learn the lesson once again that only with love and acceptance can we hope to make it through the challenges that touch us deeply and move us profoundly.

This will appear in the Middletown Press on January 29.

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