I'd never really thought of avaricious Bloody Mary as a more anodyne version of Bertolt Brecht's "Mother Courage," but there are moments in Strumecki's performance where her barely sublimated rage makes that seem possible.
She has both the comic and vocal chops required for this role of the local entrepreneur who introduces her lovely teenage daughter to Cable.
Strumecki has ripened into the role and is the solid anchor at the shows center core.
a role she was born to play
Ms. Strumecki’s Blood Mary is more than simply a comic caricature with two great songs. She’s a real mother desperate to secure a better life for her young daughter, Liat (lovely, graceful Victoria M. Ng). Her rich, deep singing voice caresses the melody and lyrics of “Happy Talk” with the ferocity of a car salesperson needing to make her sale.
a portrait full of quicksilver mood swings