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Review: ‘Secrets of a Soccer Mom’

by: Deborah Martin – April 7, 2016
Originally Published by My SA

AtticRep’s “Secrets of a Soccer Mom” packs a lot into its brisk 75-minute running time.

Playwright Kathleen Clark’s comedy, directed with a sure hand by Marisela Barrera, is set during a Sunday moms vs. sons soccer match.

When they aren’t playing, three of the moms – Nancy (Anna De Luna), Lynn (Georgette Lockwood) and Allison (Maggie Tonra) – chat on the sidelines, occasionally breaking away to yell at their kids and/or husbands.

The conversation starts out focused on the game, and whether the adults should be playing to win or should throw the game in the name of their boys’ self esteem.

As the chatting goes on, it becomes more intimate. The women share their views on marriage, sex, motherhood and identity.

De Luna, Lockwood and Tonra each deliver well-drawn, deeply humane performances. DeLuna has a particularly meaty monologue near the end that she handles with great skill.

Barrera weaves some fun music choices throughout the piece, punching up the energy.

“Secrets of a Soccer Mom” can be seen at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through April 17 at the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle.

Tickets range from $18 to $28 at the box office, by calling 210-223-8624 or online at tobi.tobincenter.org.

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