Tinia Moulder and Laura B. Adams
Photo courtesy MJTC
Last February, Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC) opened the wildly funny and wonderful musical My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding about Claire, a 37-year old divorced mother from Nebraska who moves to Canada and discovers a new life as a lesbian, Jewish, and single mom. The bizarre and poignant musical by David Hein and Irene Carl Sankoff is now being revived by MJTC starting this week.
Michael Kissin and Kevin Dutcher have returned as director and musical director, and the majority of the cast is the same as well (with the exception of Melanie Wehrmacher taking Jayne Froiland's role).
Matt Rein plays David, the show's narrator, who tells the story of his mother, Claire (played by Laura B. Adams). After a messy divorce, Claire leaves her family behind to take a teaching position in Canada, where her new roommate, Michelle (played by the hilarious Bonni Allen), introduces Claire to her lesbian choir group and friends.
As Claire gets adjusted to her new life, her son eventually comes to join her, just as things are heating up between Claire and another woman from the choir group, Jane (played by Tinia Moulder).
As the audience follows Claire's journey of self discovery, we're treated to some delightful songs and goofy choreography, including a very funny scene where David goes on a double date with his mom, her girlfriend, and his new girlfriend at Hooters (where Allen steals the scene as the waitress named Irene).
Adams is lovely as Claire, and Rein does a good job of bringing the audience along for the story. The ensemble cast, directed by Michael Kissin, look like they are having a lot of fun with this silly and endearing show as well.
On Sunday, August 26, there will be a panel discussion after the 1 p.m. performance, with attorney Marshall Tanick and the Honorable James M. Rosenbaum among the panelists discussing the proposed marriage amendment. And while the play may get you revved up to vote no, it is not in any way over-the-top political. Instead, My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding is funny, heartfelt entertainment.