Kathryn Grody's solo show, A Mom's Life, won't quite make it to Mother's Day. The autobiographical look at being an urban mommy will end its Off-Off-Broadway run at the Arc Light Theater, Monday May 3 -- less than a week before Mother's Day Sunday. A production spokesperson told Playbill On-Line the show, which began Feb. 28, had trouble competing against so many other shows opening at the end of the season, especially since A Mom's Life only plays three performances a week.
Back in November 1998, Grody, wife of Mandy Patinkin, gave three Broadway performances of the show, which ran in repertory with Patinkin's run of Mamaloshen at the Belasco Theater (she'd take the dark Monday nights). Proceeds from her performances went to the Association to Benefit Children.
Written by and starring Grody, A Mom's Life is described as a "touching humorous look at a day in the life of a woman trying to raise two decent children and keep her sanity in the process." Grody recounts the insanity of a single day of motherhood in New York, from getting the kids dressed to making lunch to bringing them to the playground to coping with her famous husband's frequent unavailability.
Life is directed by Jack Hofsiss (Tony for The Elephant Man), with lights by Eric Cornwell and sound by Otts Munderloh.
Grody received a Drama Desk Award for A Mom's Life when it played 48 performances at the Public Theatre in 1990. Grody's previous credits include Broadway's Scapino, Off-Broadway's Fishing, Tina Howe's Museum, Top Girls by Caryl Churchill, and Scenes From an Everyday Life. A Mom's Life ends May 3 at the Arc Light, 152 West 71 St. For tickets ($35) call (212) 307-4100.