Review: You Should See "And What Happens if I Don't" No Matter What Your Mother Says
And What Happens if I Don't
Written by Iva Brdar
Translated by Ana Brdar
Presented by The Cherry Artists' Collective at The Cherry Artspace
102 Cherry St., Ithaca, NY
December 3-12, 2021
Cherry Arts' production of And What Happens if I Don't marks not only the world premiere of the play itself but also the premiere of the theater company's Hybrid Show System, which provides live streaming in addition to in-person seating (as non-driving NYC-folk, we attended via the former option). The play, by Berlin-based Serbian playwright Iva Brdar and winner of the 2021 Eurodram English-language Award, uses maternal advice as a series of windows onto life as a woman, vignettes that are at once fascinatingly particular in their details and widely relatable in their broader contours.
|Clockwise from farthest left: Adar aAlston, RJ Lavine, Elizabeth Mozer, Elizah Knight, Amoreena Wade, and Barbara Geary|
|Barbara Geary, Elizah Knight, RJ Lavine, and Naandi Jamison|
|Barbara Geary, Elizabeth Mozer, RJ Lavine, and Adara Alston|
Through a tangle of restrictions, And What Happens if I Don't offers a lively, distinctive view of being a daughter and a woman, and with Cherry Arts' hybrid show model, there is no excuse not to see it.
-John R. Ziegler and Leah Richards