Mothers and Sons, Terrence McNally’s drama, will play its final performance on June 22 at the Golden Theatre after 33 previews and 104 regular performances. The play did not win either of the two Tony Awards for which it was nominated — Best Play and Best Actress in a Play for Tyne Daly.
Daly portrays Katherine, a Dallas widow visiting the Upper West Side apartment of Cal (Frederick Weller), the former lover of her late son who died of AIDS twenty years earlier. Cal is now married to a much younger man Will (Bobby Steggert) and they have a little son, Bud (Grayson Taylor). Tony nominee Sheryl Kaller (Next Fall) directed the play which opened on March 24 to mixed reviews. The New York critics were sharply divided on the script, ranging from Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post who called it a “clunker” to Adam Feldman of Time Out New York who found it “arguably McNally’s best play in 20 years.” The play is the first to portray a legally married gay couple on a Broadway stage. It was the 20th Broadway production for McNally who has won four Tonys — two for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class and two for the books of the musicals Ragtime and Kiss of the Spiderwoman.
Several other Broadway plays will be closing soon including A Raisin in the Sun on June 15 and All the Way on June 29, but those were the previously announced ending dates of their limited runs.