Mommy Issues

It’s unfortunate that Ellen Snortland’s Now That She’s Gone: Unraveling the Mystery of My Mother is so often compared to the work of Lily Tomlin and Garrison Keillor -- not because those folks have been working at writing and performing for decades longer than Snortland, but because Snortland’s piece is written from an everywoman’s perspective. Everyone has a mother is the message of Snortland’s one-woman show, which allows us to find the commonalities of momism in stories of how she and her Norwegian-American mother never really hit it off.

Now That She’s Gone offers the universal shtick of a mother-daughter relationship while also recounting oft-trodden moments in time (the play uses as its backdrop the American feminist movement of the 1970s and '80s) and the by-now-familiar personal crises (Snortland was once a drug addict).

Sat., Feb. 13, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Fri., March 12, 7:30 p.m., 2010
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Robrt L. Pela has been a weekly contributor to Phoenix New Times since 1991, primarily as a cultural critic. His radio essays air on National Public Radio affiliate KJZZ's Morning Edition.
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