Mom’s the Word: Nest 1/2 Empty

Described on Friday July 5, 2019 at 8 pm at the Arts Club Granville Island, 1585 Johnston Street, Vancouver | 604-687-1644 | Map

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Running time is approximately 2 hours, including intermission.

Described by Eileen Barrett

Written by the Mom’s the Word Collective: Jill Daum, Alison Kelly, Robin Nichol, Barbara Pollard, and Deborah Williams

The world-renowned creative team behind the Mom’s the Word series delivers a new chapter in their stories of family and fracas. Their kids are grown, their marriages have “evolved,” and their bodies are backfiring. Life doesn’t get any prettier, but it never strays far from ludicrous or poignant as the moms continue to mine their personal history for every embarrassing detail. Filled with insights, secrets, and ribald humour, this brand-new show from the moms you love is both hysterical and deeply touching.

The original Mom’s the Word was created out of a Saturday morning writers’ support group and had its premiere at the Women in View Festival in 1994. Translated into dozens of languages and produced around the world, Mom’s the Word is one of the most popular shows ever created in Vancouver.


“Bring someone you love—it doesn’t have to be your mom—because this show is a huge gift.

“They balance humour on a knife edge; nothing is sacred—not illness, death, nudity, sex or language—everything is grist for the mill in the hands of these talented thespians and writers, who have carefully honed their craft over the decades, and, aided by long-time director Wayne Harrison, have a clear understanding of the need to balance laugh-out-loud moments with those of deeper, if no less funny, significance.”Janice Lacouvee

“You don’t have to have seen the earlier shows to appreciate the heart and humour of this one. Like the previous installments, Mom’s the Word 3 has a variety-show format, with brief skits, musical numbers, a game show, and lots of personal storytelling. Some of it is serious: Jill Daum tells of the life-changing Alzheimer’s diagnosis of her husband, Spirit of the West singer John Mann, at 50, and how it has opened a whole new phase of caregiving in her life. Robin Nichol recounts how her elderly father became a victim of ruthless scammers. Some is darkly funny: Barbara Pollard makes inventive use of a kitchen knife to dramatize her bitter divorce, and Deborah Williams makes repeated sardonic allusions to her depression: “I’d love to be a model for more than Mental Health Weekly,” she deadpans. And some is downright hilarious, like Alison Kelly’s extended account of stalking her children after they’ve moved out of her house.” The Georgia Straight

“It’s a perfect balance of emotion and comedy that adds up to a performance you really do not want to miss.” -Lords of Dogwood

“These moms are great storytellers who want to make us laugh. Open and truthful, you feel connected to their lives and stories. You will love hanging out with them for a couple of hours.” –Vancouver Presents

“Most of it is hilarious, some of it is sad beyond words and all of it is honest. This is, as director Harrison says, Theatre of Reflection. You are not listed as one of the characters but you are, nevertheless, in the mix somewhere.”Jo Ledingham