The Barrow Group presents a comedy about a New York couple trying to have a baby and running into all sorts of formidable obstacles. More…
The couple's difficulty in conceiving leads them on an 'Alice in Wonderland'-style odyssey through the booming baby business as they negotiate the fertility trade, the adoption industry, and their own families.
"The Barrow Group is committed to intimate theater that feels familiar and real. 'Expecting Isabel' by Lisa Loomer is just that...This play is so well written and acted that you are grateful for the set’s simplicity. Peiyi Wong is credited with using three big plans with the one stage left at a slant. Focus is deservedly on Seth Barrish’s excellent stage direction. Don’t let a description of the subject matter put you off. 'Expecting Isabel' is a terrific evening of theater." Full Review
"This comedic take on Miranda and Nick’s journey to have a baby is fresh...There are some pitfalls here...I was never sure how they got the cash for such an expensive adventure. As I watched this all I could think was this would make a great sitcom. The cast makes this piece watchable and relatable...Director Seth Barrish keeps this journey on the move and it is an insightful one. Lisa Loomer is a talented writer and I look forward to seeing her next work." Full Review
“As relevant as ever. Unfortunately, Loomer's comedic spin on the painstaking process hasn't capitalized on all of this time to tease more out of what amounts to an irreverent play-by-play of everything that can go wrong for child-seeking couples...Laying the pieces of this exhausting battle in chronological order is not enough to carry a two-act play…The play falls back on broad humor and broader characters…‘Expecting Isabel’ falls short of expectations.” Full Review
See it if you want to see a show that is only slightly an exaggerated view of the hell that is infertility.It/s done with humor & heart.Staging is fun
Don't see it if you want a more serious take on this subject or characters that are more fully developed.It's really good and well worth seeing.
See it if Partners 85 my 80. Love breaking the 4th wall. Topic of "getting" a child can be fascinating. Multiple roles by many works.
Don't see it if Not sure but those who are seeking a child by any means and are having trouble may love it or hate it.
See it if you want to see a humorous accounting of the trials and tribulations of a couple when they realize they can't conceive naturally.
Don't see it if the subject matter is very close to your heart and painful. If you are not ready to see the subject approached with humor
See it if Story moves along nicely like a romantic comedy, it's light with lots of laughs. Cast is good. Felt for the characters.
Don't see it if You dislike smaller shows with limited staging. There is pretty much no set, but the show stands on it's own & doesn't suffer b/c of that.
See it if you can both laugh at and be moved by the foibles of a couple who are essentially creating their own hell, but grow through it.
Don't see it if you find the issues of privileged white middle-class people grappling with infertility and the deterioration of their relationship tedious.
See it if Great writing/acting. Very simple but clever staging. Very funny, quirky, entertaining and enjoyable.
Don't see it if Issues of fertility and having children are not your cup of tea. You don't care for small simple productions in off-off theaters.
See it if you are adventurous for new theatre.
Don't see it if You don't have patience for theatre that goes on too long with a good thing.
See it if you enjoy talk about having or adopting a baby. You really get involved with how two people react to the problems they face.
Don't see it if you don't want a play about the problems of having or adopting a baby. Some of the characters and dialogue are very predictable.
See it if You are interested in the trials and tribulations of a couple going through the ups and downs of infertility.
Don't see it if A performance space with good acoustics is important to you. This space is bare and as a result much of the dialogue sounded harsh and
Also Seemed to produce an annoying echo.
See it if enjoy seeing a fluffy show about serious issue and have 2 hours to kill.
Don't see it if you want a play thats thought provoking with high stakes and an interesting chain of events. Had a lot of trouble empathizing with the leads
See it if interested in a slice of real life, with believeable actors, acting in a well written script.
Don't see it if you just want a 'happy talk' show about a serious subject matter facing young married couples.
See it if You appreciate a terrific script and wonderful actors. These actors totally and flawlessly inhabited the characters they played.
Don't see it if You prefer an elaborate production to a great theater experience.
See it if You are interested in a contemporary couple's relationship and difficulty in conceiving a child and like witty dialogue, and simple staging.
Don't see it if You have no interest in parenthood, the problems of infertility and its treatments, and adoption; you don't like sparse set design.
See it if You want to see a play about a couples inability to conceive and the lengths they go to make it happen. You want to laugh.
Don't see it if You are not interested in how a couple deals with their infertility issue. You don't want to laugh and be thoroughly entertained by all.
See it if You want a small, smart, funny, incisive performance full of very talented actors with a great script
Don't see it if You're looking for a play that deals with a serious subject matter seriously.
See it if you'd enjoy a smart "slice of life"play dealing w/ how the desire for a child can become all consuming, wreaking havoc w/marriage & career.
Don't see it if you dislike plays that break down the "4th wall"- the characters frequently speak directly to the audience; infertility is a painful subject
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