Theater: Willful Women, Home Truths


by Lee Blessing

What kind of mother would expect her 15-year-old daughter to jump off a tower while strapped with wings to prove that mankind can fly? What kind of daughter, after being cowed by such a mother, would so quake at the parent- child bond that she would abandon her toddler to relatives and head off to Europe to teach? What kind of child, growing up as the object of battle between such willful women, would prove at once fiercer and more forgiving than either?

The Wesbrook women, Lee Blessing says in his haunting off-Broadway play Eleemosynary, are determined...

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