Get ready for a wild ride, as Dena Blizzard’s one-woman show, One Funny Mother, gets real about married life with kids. This fiery, blunt, and whip-smart woman doesn’t hold back when it comes to showcasing her day-to-day activities and the crazy happenings that take place around her home. Opening the show in her pajamas and messy hair, Blizzard paints a realistic picture of how busy, sleep-deprived and stressed women are when running a household and taking care of a husband and kids. The honesty and crudeness in which this tale is told is eye-opening and hysterical, allowing the audience to instantly connect with this talented actress – all while she stops to take nips from conveniently placed bottles of alcohol never far from her side.
Also featuring video clips of interviews with real wives and mothers, this production allows others to weigh on popular subjects such as the breaking point for women, questioning their sex appeal after kids, and dealing with their husband’s quirks. These tidbits also create common ground, as most audience members are nodding their heads in agreement at their answers (many involving turning to alcohol) on how they deal.
Blizzard doesn’t miss a beat as she keeps the whole room in stitches during the course of this 80 minute performance. Her wit, charm, and wisdom are comedic gold and make for a flawless piece of entertainment. Hidden underneath the humor is the important theme of togetherness and female solidarity as she emphasizes needing your girls to get through life, as they understand many of the emotions/dilemmas that men aren’t able to understand. It is empowering to hear her truth about not trying to be perfect and admitting that sometimes the “crazy” is proof that you are doing this whole thing (“adulthood” and “parent thing”) correctly.
For a fun night out that will leave you laughing until you cry and as a well-deserved treat for that overworked woman in your life, this solo show will cure anything you’ve got. Blizzard is that cool girl audiences will be lining up to meet, as her tell-it-like-is attitude reminds you of your best girlfriend who is always there to share a laugh or pour you another drink, as you contemplate the many highs and lows of motherhood and marriage. If mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy.
One Funny Mother (extended through January 7, 2017)
New World Stages, 340 W. 50th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, in Manhattan
For tickets, call 212-239-6200 or visit http://www.telecharge.com
Running time: 80 minutes without an intermission