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mother

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MOTHER, domestic relations. A woman who has borne a child.
     2. It is generally the duty of a mother to support her child, when she is left a widow, until he becomes of age, or is able to maintain himself; 8 Watts, R. 366; and even after he becomes of age, if he be chargeable to the public, she may, perhaps, in all the states, be compelled, when she has sufficient means, to support him. But when the child has property sufficient for his support, she is not, even during his minority, obliged to maintain him. 1 Bro. C. C. 387; 2 Mass. R. 415; 4 Miss. R. 97.
     3. When the father dies without leaving a testamentary guardian, at common law, the mother is entitled to be the guardian of the person and estate of the infant, until he arrives at fourteen years, when he is able to choose a guardian. Litt. sect. 123; 3 Co. 38; Co. Litt. 84 b; 2 Atk. 14; Com Dig. B, D, E; 7 Ves. 348. See 10 Mass. 135, 140; 15 Mass. 272; 4 Binn. 487; 4 Stew. & Part. 123; 2 Mass. 415; Harper, R. 9; 1 Root, R. 487.
     4. In Pennsylvania, the orphans' court will, in such case, appoint a guardian until the infant shall attain his fourteenth year. During the joint lives of the parents, (q.v.) the father (q.v.) is alone responsible for the support of the children; and has the only control over them, except when in special cases the mother is allowed to have possession of them. 1 P. A. Browne's Rep. 143; 5 Binn. R. 520; 2 Serg. & Rawle 174. Vide 4 Binn. R. 492, 494.
     5. The mother of a bastard child, as natural guardian, has a right to the custody and control of such child, and is bound to maintain it. 2 Mass. 109; 12 Mass. 387, 433; 2 John. 375; 15 John. 208; 6 S. & R. 255; 1 Ashmead, 55.

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The Inquirer had a chat with Rebecca Mason-Wygal, the theater actress who plays Mother Superior, in a recent press junket hosted by Ovation Productions-the local promoter that will bring the touring production of 'Sister Act' to The Theatre at Solaire from June 27 to July 9 (call 891-9999).
The cast were superb, a great mix of experience, such as Denise Black (Coronation Street), who played the hilarious role of the reproachful Mother Superior and nailed some sarcastic oneliners, and newcomers such as leading lady Cynthia Erivo who took the reigns of the brazen Dolores and captivated all with her talent in singing, dancing and acting.
The nuns include Sister Mary Amnesia, who lost her memory after a crucifix fell on her head, the street-wise Sister Robert Anne, and the very earthy Mother Superior.
Rigg's wise, self-sacrificing Mother Superior is a far cry from Emma Peel, indeed.
There are strong performances from Annie Savage as the fallible Mother Superior whose robes conceals a heart filled with secrets.
The rest of the cast demonstrate their respective singing talent, notably, Will Travis who shines as police officer Eddie Souther in the soulful 'I Could Be That Guy,' and Rebecca Marson-Wygal who fleshes out her uptight Mother Superior in 'Haven't Got a Prayer.
The second new character scoop we have is Mother Superior Claudia, the head of the order and Jessica Lange's boss.
The cast also includes Coronation Street's Denise Black as Mother Superior.
However, Deloris Van Cartier poses a very different sort of problem for her Mother Superior than the virginal Maria.
It was going to be called Hazel's House or the Misfits, different boys/actors but the basic same scenario," Denise, who is playing Mother Superior in Sister Act at Sunderland Empire for two weeks from Tuesday, tells me.
And last week, she joined the London's stage show version of the film to play Mother Superior and fans are going to extreme lengths for a chance to see the musical.
Odile Gaillard, mother superior of the Roquebrune-Cap-Martin convent, said a religious court could rule.