In therapy, Mary Page (Tatiana Maslany), 36, discusses abortion and her sexual addiction.
At 12, Mary Page (Mia Sinclair Jenness) mixes and makes her mother (Grace Gummer) drinks. Her mother emotionally puts down the girl and eventually leaves her with her grandparents. The cycle of alcoholism started here.
Though poetic and heartbreaking, the time frame to this play is non-linear. We learn throughout the course of the play that Mary Page was an alcoholic, a sex addict, at one time addicted to drugs which she passed onto her son, did not have a good rapport with her children, and is not exactly a wonderful person. Mary Page is a victim of her circumstances, who, only in the end, makes her life count.
Lila Neugebauer’s direction brings out the realness of life. This play is raw, and the performances are all spectacular, especially Kellie Overbey’s moment of rebellion, despite the fact that Mary Page, for the most part, is a selfish woman who seems to think of nobody but herself.
Laura Jellinek’s spare set allows the moments to seem like unordinary passages of time.
Lett’s gets to the heart of the matter as he fleshes out his characters with such an overwhelming amount of truth. Mary Page Marlowe is a reflection of our society and we all need to take a look.
Mary Page Marlowe: Second Stage Theater / Tony Kiser Theater; 305 West 43rd St., until Aug. 12th