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Pie in the Sky

How to make a pie?  It’s almost a lost art these days.  But one of the percs of Lawrence Thelan’s heart-warming play about the bonds uniting a mother and her long-suffering daughter is the recipe we absorb by osmosis and at the end, a fresh-out-of-the-oven, warm piece of pie!

The story itself may seem familiar because mothers and daughters seem to struggle toward this sort of détente for most of their lives. But the circumstances of this relationship become individualized in the specific work of two consumate actors, K. Callan as Mama, and Laurie Obrien as her daughter, Dory.  On this fateful night, Mama wakes her daughter with a new urgency and insists on teaching her the details of her prize winning apple pie.  In real time, each of the steps rolls out the pie.  Significantly, they start with a prepared pie crust, otherwise, the play would have had to be at least three hours long!  As it is, from start to finish, the pie occupies an hour and a half. And during that time, this sometime contentious relationship ends with a new understanding and closeness.

Director Maria Gobetti and Artistic Producer Tom Ormany pull out the all the stops to present an actual, working kitchen with the help of set designer, Evan A. Bartoletti, on the tiny Little Victory stage.  The lived-in look of the design and Becky Parker-Rickon’s costuming augment the warmth and humanity shown in the lives of the two women. Noah Andrade’s minimal sound helps, too.  And kudos on the pie!

Pie in the Sky continues  in the Little Vic, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 4:00 PM; through May 21, 2017, at The Victory Theatre Center, 3326 W. Victory Blvd., Burbank 91505. Tickets: $24.00 – 34.00. Phone (818) 841-5422.  For information online: