MARE OF EASTTOWN is television at its finest. Kate Winslet is brilliant as Detective Mare Sheehan of a small suburb in eastern Philadelphia. She embodied this role. Kate/Mare instinctively knew how to question people and when to be still.

Each of the seven episodes pulled its viewers into the reality of this small community through their clothing, (not costumes) dialect, grittiness, sets and scenery (which were all authentic places in Easttown) plot lines and the level of acting from the entire ensemble. (Helen/Jean Smart, Laurie/Julianne Nicholson, Siobhan/Angouri Rice, John/Joe Tippet, Chief/John Douglas) The stories were seeped in grief, trauma, kidnapping and murder.

The look of the series was drab and used. The writers outdid themselves with all the story’s twists and turns and ended weekly with a shocking “WT?” It all culminated in the completely, surprise ending. I never wanted to see it coming.

Sometimes as you are viewing a show, you just know you are watching greatness. This is one of those moments. Critics and audiences will be discussing and comparing what comes next to MARE OF EASTTOWN.
Stream and witness it on HBO MAX.

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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