Cradle and All

When: Feb. 4-16 2014

Imagine The Da Vinci Code if it were written by Erma Bombeck, and you’ll have some inkling of what Joanne Miller’s Cradle and All is like. It’s the story of Carole (Samantha Wilson), a woman who has reluctantly put aside her artistic aspirations for motherhood. Her square-but-likeable husband (Kevin Curran), her controlling mother (Cathy Jones) and her Peter-Pan-esque brother (Rhys Bevan-John) are hopeless when it comes to understanding her sadness. And that’s where Leonardo Da Vinci comes in. Da Vinci (also Bevan-John, in top comic form) visits Carole in her dreams and helps her unlock her pathway to fulfilment. Some judicious cutting would help the pace of the show, but it gets high marks for its artful combination of laugh-out-loud humour and real, penetrating insight. —Kate Watson

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