Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
"Mother, May I?," a creation of Pro Femina Theater at Capitol Hill's ASTA theater, is based on the title of polite permission which little girls learn early and sometimes have trouble learning to forget later in life.
Three actresses, Leslie Bravman Jacobson, Barbara Kane Mills and Dana Patton, have been developing this work, acting as their own director and editor of personal memories and observations.
The result is a series of scenes between mothers and daughters, which, subsequent audience discussions reveal, touch the memories of those who are watching.
The format in which each player acts alternately as mother and daughter is a relatively sophisticated device and has the effect of underscoring how unchanging the generations are. Superficially there are differences in mores, but the mother-daughter strain is constant. The struggle lies in the conflicting longings to cut the tie and to hold on to it tightly.
The three performers have been delving deep and Jacobson's introduction of humor into her male characterizations is a vital spark.
The ASTA Theater at 507 8th St. SE is bristling with action in both its performing areas.
"Mother, May I?" will be repeated tonight at 8 in the smaller, 70-seat space. Previews begin tonight for Synge's "The Playboy of the Western World," opening Friday on the main stage. Thursdays through Sundays the smaller area offers Terence Aselford in a one-man production, "An Evening With Hans Christian Andersen." John Schmedes and Celia Ribando are readying their own personal showcase to open there June 2.
Starting June 9, there will be a Monday-Wednesday-Friday luncheon series," . . . and the Pursuit of Happiness," described as a stage "soap opera" designed to express points of view on contemporary political topics. Monday night there was a preview of this at a benefit theater party in the Town House Restaurant opposite the theater on 8th Street SE.