Why Not Murder Mother
by Liz Farler
TBA Productions - Winnipeg, MB
V.1 - John Hirsch Mainstage 
Mother is an aging film star whom someone in her family has attempted to murder. Now she's in a coma but very aware of what's going on and gladly shares her thoughts with the audience. She's desperate to know which of her nearest and dearest has tried to do her in. Was it one of her lovely three daughters, her fifth husband or her middle daughter's fiancé? As you come to know mother, you may wonder why no one has murdered her before. Come meet this truly dysfunctional family and see if you can figure out who thought, Why not murder Mother?

Katerina Dawson, Daniel Cormier, Chantel Kuegle, Shannon McCarroll, Jack Frank, Alyssa Pruden

Liz Farler

Show Info:
75 Minutes

Parental Guidance

Mild Language, Sexual Content

Wed July 19 7:45 PM
Thu July 20 12:45 PM
Sat July 22 2:30 PM
Sun July 23 10:00 PM
Mon July 24 6:30 PM
Thu July 27 10:00 PM
Sat July 29 11:00 AM

Why Not Murder Mother

TBA Productions—John Hirsch Mainstage

I recognised some of the actors from this company right away and knew I saw them last year. Then about halfway through the show, I thought to myself, “are they re-doing the same show?” Even after the denouement, conclusion and closing, I wasn’t sure if I already saw this story. As soon as I got home, I looked it up to see if it indeed is the same show, and it is not. However, the familiarity is so etched that this company followed the exact same formula that they used last year, and perhaps from years before too. If you experience déjà vu somewhere along the journey, you’ll know why.

As for the show, I’ll use a metaphor. I have spent my entire life living in The Prairies so I’m very familiar with flat lands. I also travel a lot so I’m quite familiar with mountainous roads. Watching this show is like driving on a steep mountainous road in a snowstorm. You never know when the plot takes a turn, and before the turn is over, another one ploughs towards you. The first part of the show sets the stage, then the switchbacks keep your head turning and you never know if/when you’re going to fall off the cliff. That is the adventure in discovering who tried to murder mother.

It’s a fun journey and it keeps you guessing until the very end.

Ray Yuen