Theater: Life with Ma

LADYHOUSE BLUES by Kevin O'Morrison

Family plays rank among the finest and most durable achievements of the U.S. theater. Season after season, Long Day's Journey into Night, Death of a Salesman and The Glass Menagerie are revived all over the globe.

Even a demonstrably lesser drama, such as Ladyhouse Blues at Manhattan's Theater of St. Peter's Church, shows the deep affinity linking the family with the emotions and experiences that fire up a stage. Within the family—sometimes at scalding intensity—we get our first inklings of the nature of love, hate, time, memory, remorse and...

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