“Reasons to Live” is a hilarious and entertaining look at a family struggling to come together. I have mentioned more than once that I enjoy watching stories about wacky families. Meryl Cohn (playwright) introduces the audience to a Jewish family from Long Island that hits very close to home, particularly if you’re Jewish, Italian, or
Since time immemorial, the plot device of a dead child has propelled drama from Iphigenia to Ibsen to “Rabbit Hole.” At a comfortably cathartic distance, audiences have thrilled to the unimaginable loss of a child. Yet in recent years, that particular gambit arguably
There may indeed be crazier families than the clan on display in playwright Meryl Cohn’s often charming comedy, but you will be hard pressed to find one that wears its neuroses as proudly as this one. Cohn’s unspoken mantra appears to be that families are the great storehouse of crazy behavior -- and you can’t really get away from your family, either.
Meet the Silverstein Family. They're each a little nutty but who wants to see a play about perfectly normal folks? The mother, Stella (Judith Scarpone) is not your kvetschy Jewish mother. She breaks into song in time of stress and encourages the family chorus and delivers some pungent lines. She accepts her lesbian daughter, Emily (Amanda Weier) and welcomes her lover Heather (Jordana Berliner) with open arms.
In the opening scene of Meryl Cohn's comedy-drama “Reasons to Live,” Jane (Jessica Ires Morris), is dressing for her wedding at the home of her nutsy, over-the-top, controlling mother, Stella (Judith Scarpone). Jane, once a child star and now a psychologist, struggles with a persistent gloom that deepens when she discovers she’s been jilted a few hours before the marriage ceremony.