Mamaphobia | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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Peggy Ward's one-woman show, directed by John Patrick, is targeted toward mothers with young children. Her collection of anecdotes, short scenes (she plays 14 characters, from her husband to a La Leche League lactation specialist), and zinging one-liners will likely resonate with other housebound moms learning how to cope with a baby. Ward doesn't sugarcoat motherhood: there are stories here about postbirth sex (or lack thereof) and the exhaustion and uncertainty of parenthood. Her material, though, is stretched too thin for its 90-minute running time, and the stories about her second child are dully repetitive. Ward's performance is warm and self-deprecating, but for the most part her tales are devoid of depth or insight, the sort of breezy, well-practiced kvetching one might hear at a dinner party. Through 8/28: Tue-Wed 8 PM, Sun 3:30 PM. Apollo Theater studio, 2540 N. Lincoln, 773-935-6100. $20-$25.

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