Review "Ironmistress" (Oracle Theatre): A MACHINE!

#1.        I’m just a love machine
             So give me motivation
           I’m just a love machine  -Arctic Monkeys

Love machine.  Sex machine.  These are today’s positive terms to describe optimal performance.  The *machine* is a person who goes beyond human levels to exceed expectations.  But, machines can also mean a mechanism that operates without feeling.

Sarah Goeden as daughter and Katherine Kaberlein as mom in Oracle Theatre's "Ironmistress," by April De Angelis. (photo credit: Ben Fuchsen)Oracle Productions presents Ironmistress.  On the eve of her daughter’s wedding, a mother shares her perspective on a woman’s role.  It’s not the-birds-and-the-bees chat. It’s the let-me-help-you-on-with-your-shackles talk.  Mom is a widow in 1840’s England.  She has learned how to survive during the industrial revolution. She masks emotion behind an iron constitution.  And she has raised her daughter to know her place as a little cog.  It’s the play “Spring Awakenings” taking place in Chaplin’s movie “Modern Times” with hints of Madonna’s “Express Yourself” music video. Ironmistress welds together a solid encasement to preserve the tender remains of being a woman.  Read the rest of my review at Chicago Theater Beat.



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