In this world premiere comedy with a heart, Mom has been dead for 11 months and shows up at her husband’s birthday party as a ghost with a mission. Like Clarence in “It’s A Wonderful Life,” she has to accomplish a task to earn her wings.
"If you love the comedy “It’s a Wonderful Life” this modern variant by playwright Phil Olson is just for you!" -
Theatre Spoken Here
"This is a MUST SEE to make your holiday complete!" -
"A humorously poignant and thought-provoking story. Touching and hysterical." -
"Captivating, witty, and most of all, tells a story that speaks about a bounding between mother and daughter, even though this bonding is far from the ordinary."
"A crowd-pleaser...Mom’s Gift demonstrates playwright Olson’s gift at creating the kind of old-fashioned feel-good comedy that hardly gets written anymore, one that not only provides ample laughs but more than a few tears when things take a dramatic turn in its surprise-twisty last half-hour....
Still, the playwright has created characters who go beyond sitcom dimensions, and when things eventually get serious, the folks who bring tears to our eyes are the very same ones who’ve been inspiring laughs from the get-go....That it is family-friendly fare is icing on the cake.
- Stage Scene LA
"A rare treat! If it is indeed holiday entertainment you are looking for, Olson’s play will fill those emotional gaps and turn a routine holiday into an unforgettable journey towards forgiveness, love and self-transformation. It is a unique theatrical experience!" -
The Tolucan Patch
"There is a surprise ending that will not be divulged here, but suffice it to say, the result is an always engaging, funny evening of love and laughter."
- Stage Happenings
Wednesday, Dec 4, 8 pm
Thursday, Dec 5, 8 pm
Fri, Dec 06 – Sun, Feb 02
Fri, Sat. 8pm
Special Show Info
Running time: 115 minutes.
There will be an intermission.
Group Rep at The Lonny Chapman Theatre
10900 Burbank Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Parking Lot Parking
Special Theatre Info
The theatre has concessions.
In this world premiere comedy with a heart, Mom has been dead for 11 months and shows up at her husband’s birthday party as a ghost with a mission. Like Clarence in “It’s A Wonderful Life,” she has to accomplish a task to earn her wings. Only what the task actually is, is a mystery. There are so many things to fix. The problem is complicated by the fact that the only person who can hear or see Mom is her daughter who has been ordered by the court to spend Dad’s birthday with him as part of her Anger Management Program. One by one the family's secrets are peeled away revealing a shocking truth that surprises even our ghost.
- Winner - McLaren Memorial Comedy Playwriting Competition, Midland TX
- Winner - TRU New Voices Play Festival, NY NY
- Winner - Northern Writes Playwright Festival, Bangor ME
- Winner - World Series of Screenwriting, Best Stage Play, Los Angeles, CA