by Makia Martin · August 14, 2014
War is real folks and we have to be prepared. Entering this land isn’t easy or for the weak minded. You have to stay sharp. Keep your head clear. Make sure you’re locked and loaded and ready to fire sugarcoated insults at any time. Keep your Jimmy Cho’s close and your enemies even closer. This ain’t no regular battlefield ladies, it’s the Upper East Side and it will eat you alive. Fear, is not an option.
In URBAN MOMFARE, Pamela Weiler Grayson and Alice Jankell takes us deep into the stroller jungle where competition is just as natural as breathing and the school your child attends can decided your social fate. The play follows, Upper East Side Rookie Kate (Christiana Little) as she navigates through the mommy mafia- like world. Along with her new friends Ellen (Tiffan Borelli) and Debbie (Christine Toy Johnson), Kate takes the UES head on while tackling the greatest challenge of her life, raising a child.
The curtains open to reveal a group on women on the stage poised, alert and armed with round bellies, baby bottles and strollers. They are ready for battle. It’s an amazing picture and immediately lets you know that you are in for a ride. From there, we are taken on a 17-year journey, following Kate and her friends through the ups and downs of motherhood with plenty of laughs, arguments, revelations and sassy nannies along the way.
And, lets not forget about the amazing songs! Did I mention that this show was a musical? Imagine tales of over achieving children, “helpful” husbands and Upper East Side war mixed with hilarious lyrics, beautiful harmonies and groovy choreography. Are you intrigued? The show kicks off with the title song “URBAN MOMFARE” and keeps you singing along with catchy lyrics. I found myself singing “I’m a bad mother. A baaaaaaad mother” on the train going home. There’s a sexy MILF mambo and even a song that causes the main character to let out a lovely pitched “F*** youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu” when overwhelmed with other mothers bragging about their “practically perfect in every way” children.
Yes, the laughs and the songs are amazing but, what really caught me about the show were those clear moments of complete honesty when it comes to motherhood, relationships, and even the fear of not liking your child. There were scenes that made me want to call my own mother to just say thanks.
Battle are lost and won but, the most important objective is surviving the war. As you can see, I loved the show. URBAN MOMFARE is charming, cheeky, heartfelt and just a down right fun show that I think anyone would get a kick out of.