Written by Kevin M. Turner
Cory and I went to see Eleemosynary last night, and if you’re not supporting the Bakersfield Museum of Art, you’re missing out. We’d recommend seeing Eleemosynary tonight as it’s closing night, but you can’t. Because it’s sold out. And rightly so.
Eleemosynary is as beautiful as it is difficult to pronounce. It’s a story told by three women (a mother, daughter, and grandmother) about their complex relationship. It’s not told linearly but weaves in and out of time, much like our memories do, which I found quite clever. It was refreshing to watch a play that portrays smart, strong women dealing with themes that are real and relevant, even if I cannot possibly understand them as deeply as a woman could. But be that as it may, it was quite powerful, and I thoroughly enjoyed my evening as I watched three brilliant performances by Bakersfield’s very own Jan Hefner, Jen Sampson, and Mariah Jordan.
Check out more upcoming productions and artists on display at the Bakersfield Museum of Art. http://www.bmoa.org .