When Skies Are Gray

Critics

LemonMeter

88 %

Reviews: 4

Audience

LemonMeter

Reviews: 0

The last time the daughter saw her mother, she was in a bed in the nursing facility, clearly declining but still able to talk, eat and move around. She's come to visit and is shocked to find that the room has been emptied, in the middle lies her mother on a mattress on the floor. This is it. It's time and all she can do is wait. This is a deeply intimate and experiential piece about death and the unbreakable bond between a daughter and mother. Select audience members will be able to volunteer as Nurses (and will be given instructions of what to say and do). Signing up for Nurse roles is on a first come first served basis.

Reviews

This is an emotional show because you are there. You are with Ashley in her mother's final days. This stops being a show and you start being her friend and want nothing but to console her. When was the last time that has happened in a “show”? This is raw and real.

sweet - Mike & Russell - My Haunt Life - ...read full review


If it's not an easy performance to witness, neither is it frivolous. There's an astonishing if understandable degree of anger in so realistically and painstakingly portraying the manifold indignities of dying an agonizing death in America's medical-industrial complex. And though Steed tempers it with the deeply personal lyricism of a silent dance-movement duet postscript that recapitulates the fraught nature of all mother-daughter relationships, it is the righteous outrage of When Skies Are Graythat ultimately speaks the most eloquently to Steed's loss. RECOMMENDED

sweet - Bill Raden - Stage Raw - ...read full review


A sequence late in the show might be better served at the top, and further development of this piece might benefit from exploring memory play tropes in order to forge a bridge to the audience.

sweet-sour - Noah J. Nelson - No Prosceniuma - ...read full review


In a brief hour in this small room, Steed's artwork takes us far, on journeys deep into our own lives — our fiercest loves and losses, our unspoken fears, our regrets. Ghosts fill the space, charging the air with emotion and meaning. It's a meditative, powerfully emotional hour beside death's shore, an experience like no other at Fringe. Or anywhere. We are fortunate to have this “professional make believer” (as Steed describes herself) making her art in our city.

sweet - Mark Hein - ...read full review


This is an emotional show because you are there. You are with Ashley in her mother's final days. This stops being a show and you start being her friend and want nothing but to console her. When was the last time that has happened in a “show”? This is raw and real.

sweet - Mike & Russell - My Haunt Life - ...read full review


If it's not an easy performance to witness, neither is it frivolous. There's an astonishing if understandable degree of anger in so realistically and painstakingly portraying the manifold indignities of dying an agonizing death in America's medical-industrial complex. And though Steed tempers it with the deeply personal lyricism of a silent dance-movement duet postscript that recapitulates the fraught nature of all mother-daughter relationships, it is the righteous outrage of When Skies Are Graythat ultimately speaks the most eloquently to Steed's loss. RECOMMENDED

sweet - Bill Raden - Stage Raw - ...read full review


A sequence late in the show might be better served at the top, and further development of this piece might benefit from exploring memory play tropes in order to forge a bridge to the audience.

sweet-sour - Noah J. Nelson - No Prosceniuma - ...read full review


In a brief hour in this small room, Steed's artwork takes us far, on journeys deep into our own lives — our fiercest loves and losses, our unspoken fears, our regrets. Ghosts fill the space, charging the air with emotion and meaning. It's a meditative, powerfully emotional hour beside death's shore, an experience like no other at Fringe. Or anywhere. We are fortunate to have this “professional make believer” (as Steed describes herself) making her art in our city.

sweet - Mark Hein - ...read full review