A refrigerator magnet with the words, "Oh, Shit, I'm Turning Into My Mother," was the thematic glue for a collection of songs, musings and monologues that became a hit in Minneapolis and opens a four-performance run at the Duplex in Greenwich Village March 19.
Oh, Shit, I'm Turning Into My Mother, had a sellout run in Minnesota by Peter J. Rothstein's music-theatre company, Theatre Latte Da, which is also producing the New York City dates.
Conceived by Rothstein, with original material by Tod Petersen, Bridget Carpenter and Rob Hartmann, the Duplex run (10 PM March 19 & 26 and 9 PM March 22 & 29) features Sandy Binion, Cheryl Monroe and Petersen.
"I had been hoping to create a new piece that would be an eclectic blend of different voices and genres," Rothstein said in production notes. "That kitchen magnet, strangely enough, supplied the theme. My intention is to play with uniquely American mother images through music and monologue."
The show is a montage of familiar and lesser-known songs "on maternal themes," blended with new songs by Carpenter (Mr. Xmas, Typhoid Mary) and New York songwriter Hartmann (Macabaret, Vanishing Point). There are also songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb and Reba McIntyre. The eclectic work also features an extended monologue by Minneapolis actor Tod Petersen, whose musings about his relationship with his mother provide a structure.
Actress-singer Binion recently performed in Smile at American Stage Company and toured as Julie Andrews' understudy in Victor/Victoria. Monroe previously performed in Show Boat in London.
Theatre Latte Da's mission is to "create new connections between text, music, artist and audience."
The Duplex is at 61 Christopher Street (at 7th Avenue) in Greenwich Village. Tickets are $10, with a two-drink minimum. Call (212) 255-5438 for reservations.
-- By Kenneth Jones