By Joanna Murray-Smith. Queensland Theatre Company. Cremorne Theatre. 17 March – 21 April, 2012.
I’m still undecided who was the star of this piece, performer Christen O’Leary or playwright Joanna Murray-Smith who challenged her with six real women across the age spectrum, with individual personalities, psyches and emotional responses. The dynamic little singer/actor/dancer invested each with every shred of talent she had.
Initially she captivated us with angst-ridden mother, Meryl who was bombarded with advice and criticisms from peers, parenting books, radio shows, TV and the social network. Expectations of mothers today have never been greater.