How I Murdered My Mother
In this one-person show, writer/performer Gerald Williams is taking care of his aging parents during their last five years. He compares his parents, and even though his mom is struggling with Alzheimer’s disease, he realizes, after her death, how interesting of a life she lived. Even though we tend to only remember the last years, Williams properly reminds us that we must remember a person’s entire life.
This show succeeds as a very funny comedy, with some nice dark moments. I really liked his explanation of the differences between sympathy, empathy and compassion. And his story about a high school classmate was very funny until its shocking conclusion. This show manages to be both funny and profound and serves as a lovely tribute to his mother. It’s the best show I saw on Thursday night and one that I would highly recommend.
Venue 7 — The Cinematheque
Warnings: This performance discusses the death of parents and a passing reference to suicide