Maron Doll

Critics

LemonMeter

Reviews: 1

Audience

LemonMeter

100 %

Reviews: 38

One night, after 30 years apart, a daughter returns to her lonely mother. With a bitter history between them, the two struggle to mend their broken bond ridden in a tragic circumstance. Maron Doll explores a difficult relationship and how we can rebuild bridges we thought were long-since burned.
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Reviews

...in 50 minutes, a lifetime of loss, need, regret, recovery, forgiveness and future is expositioned extraordinarily well.

And if the ongoing audience sniffles are any indication at all, as they are, Maron Doll is very much hitting all the right notes and pulling quite a few heartstrings.

sweet - Tracey Paleo - Gia on the Move - ...read full review


Very heartfelt and beautiful told story. The actresses were outstanding in this deep and emotional piece. I was in tears throughout this impactful reunion. A big Bravo to everyone who worked on this play, the actresses, the production and of course Soo and Christian!! A must see!!! Brilliant!!

sweet - Katt Balsan


Maron Doll is a strong, emotionally compelling story. Lara Helena's performance was captivating as the mother, and the tension on stage demanded presence. We highly recommend catching this stage show that will leave you aware of the gritty nuance of human relationships.

sweet - Tom Beaty


Wow, wow! The story took me to places I had not thought about, it was an emotional journey that was captivating from beginning to end, well written and incredibly preformed. I was moved by the entire cast but the lead by Lara Helena was outstanding.

sweet - Mateja Harrington


This precious 50 minutes really touched my heart. It was a good time to think about the love of God who gives infinite love over and over. I liked the funny first part that followed by the serious development of the story. I heard the sniffling from the audience and love the fact that I was in the small theater sharing this beautiful work so intimately.

sweet - Lisa


The stage was remarkable by creating a mood for a woman living alone after leaving her family for so long, and the actors' synergy with the significant emotional performance was stunning. The Caucasian actors singing the old Korean lullaby was pretty refreshing. This show was so touching and surprising.

sweet - Ekidna


It was powerful, beautiful and delicate at the same time. I love the storyline, and the cast was terrific!

sweet - John Suk


Loved this piece. Had never heard of it prior to seeing the ad for the event. I was most impressed with Laura Helena's performance- grounded, real, alive. The story flowed nicely and was just the right length. Production value was high.

sweet - Brady Bunch


I had the chance to catch this show again at the fringe after viewing it in February this year and the evolution of the actors, the power of the story and the enrichment of how the entire flow of the show came across was truly impressive! I am a huge fan and really hope this show gets the notoriety it deserves as it is such a powerful story, that crosses boarders, touches hearts and makes anyone who leaves the theater want question their relationship with they mother, or any family member for that matter. A BIG 2 thumbs up for Maron Doll!

sweet - Claus Glaesner


It was verh impressive movice especially the actors' facial emotion acting was so good. They made the audience to think about the "Motherhood" and cry. It is a good family play.

sweet - Hoya Cha


Such a wonderfully thought out production! It was so nice to see a mother-daughter relationship portrayed in an extremely real way, in all it's ugliness and complexity. The acting was top notch by every, especially the lead Lara Helena. She has the ability to draw the audience in with even the smallest look because of her investment to story and character. The character was so well fleshed out and explored that it was hard to make a decision on whether we loved or hated her. In all, she won us over and stole our hearts and empathy with an honest portrayal of a damaged woman searching for love.

sweet - Kate


A poignant, heartfelt family drama. The switching of the dynamic between the two characters packs a punch. The nature of the material requires a sustained and heightened emotional pitch from one of the actors that was pretty remarkable. And the switch to the younger actor/character was very moving. Well done.

sweet - Jim Vejvoda


This show is terrific and amazing!!! I couldn't keep my eyes off during the show even I watched this show several times. This is still powerful and the cast members are fantastic!!

sweet - Miyeon


The intensity was brought up and released throughout the performance.. it kept me on my feet!! I didn't lose focus, I couldn't. I couldn't take my eyes off the stage as my heart went up and down with the actors... reminded me of my own grandfather with alzheimers... I felt the whole act in myself, as if I was moving with the actors... well written, well performed. Would love you take my friends!!!

sweet - Alice Shin


It was a touching story. It was good to have a realistic treatment of Alzheimer's that was so close to our lives.

sweet - Clara Kim


The script was very very good & well directed...!! I love the theater, it was so emotional play...! I would love to see it just one more time...too bad I went there for the last show.... They made changes of times very effectively.. Such a well made play~~~

sweet - Randy Kim


This intense, raw look at a mother/daughter relationship left me feeling, thinking and spinning in all the great ways theatre can!!

sweet - Jessica Taylor


It's a bitter sweet story with a mom and a daughter. Their amazing performances touched my heart and felt catharsis when I cried out loud. It's definitely must-see show!! You will see how Soo designed to encounter the eastern and western cultures together.

sweet - Jenny L.


WHAT I LIKED I love the reveal (not gonna spoil it, although I do want to!) that will have you scratching your head till you realized what's transpired in front of your eyes… I probably said too much already… WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE The actors could project more since it became hard to hear at times in the back seats. The Korean subtitles were a bit distracting at first, especially when they starting flashing (as if the dialogue on stage didn't match the caption) but later I forgot they were even there. MY OVERALL IMPRESSION Loved the simple setting: the walls of the house that captivates you as the actresses take you on a journey inside a woman suffering from Alzheimer's. Simply beautiful and very touching.

sweet - Victor Sotomayor


Beautifully written play and overall impressive production. The unfolding of the characters and their relationship is both subtle and powerful, and artfully woven into a truly moving story. I've also had the pleasure of seeing several of director Soo Chyun's previous works and she is a tremendously talented and skilled artist, in everything from directing to acting to set design and especially storytelling.

sweet - Erin H


Maron Doll is a play that focuses upon the devastating effect that Alzheimer's disease had upon the existing strained relationship between a mother and daughter. Throughout the play the audience is drawn in to experience the emotional effects of this strained relationship. As the play progresses to the climatic end, the play clearly illustrates the emotional healing power of love, understanding, forgiveness and compassion. The actresses of this play are superb. They leave no doubt that they are engaged and experiencing all the various emotions associated with the separation and reconciliation of a mother stricken with Alzheimer's disease and her daughter. This play and its message is worthy of national and international exposure.

sweet - John Sweet


Is is rare to find such a story telling that relates to emotions that are true to our hearts! Well written and well played. It's a must see!

sweet - James Kang


A phenomenal piece of craft. A masterpiece of the mother-daughter relationship. Shelly west shines like a star, her emotional range and access astound and touches areas of my life to reflect and work on. I'm highly moved, touched and fell in love with the entire team. Great direction, beautiful arc to each character. It was an honour to witness the grandeur of MARON DOLL.

sweet - geetika budhiraja


Insightfully written and beautifully performed by strong actors. This play offers a great emotional journey through every heartbreaking discoveries.

sweet - Collin Lim


Very poignant story written/directed by Soo Chun. Acting from the cast members was truthful and heartbreaking. I was moved by their brilliant act. I was in tears through out the show. I highly recommend that you check this play out before it ends.

sweet - S Yang


Artfully written and and performed! A beautiful and touching story live on stage of a broken relationship between a mother and daughter. This piece has longevity! All aspects of the show, writing, direction, set/costume/sound design, and performances were compelling and artfully executed. The performances by the leads Lara Helena and Shelly West were captivating, I forgot I was in a theatre, except for the sound of sniffles as the final black out enveloped the stage. Beautiful piece invoking human empathy!

sweet - Julia Lisa


very touching.. i remembered my mom while watching this and makes me want to hug her and say I love her so much.. PS. I love the voice of the girl who is singing.. so natural. You will not regret watching this.

sweet - george nacpil


Great show! Reminded me of my mom and to show my love to her =] It was a great mix of Korean mother-daughter relationship and emotions with American culture. It had an odd fusion that I have never seen in other shows.

sweet - Courtney Hahm


Truthful and touching story telling that keeps you captivated all the way through. A talented cast brings this story to a different level!

sweet - Peter D.


Soo Chyun is a gifted storyteller, here crafting a personal show that will resound in some way with everyone who sees it. Whether or not an audience member has personally known a family member or friend losing control of their mental faculties, Maron Doll will strike a chord. We all have a fear of watching someone we love slowly slip away, and what Soo Chyun so tenderly reminds us is that all we can really do is hold on to whomever might remain and in whatever form they may take.

sweet - Cameron Weir