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Expecting Isabel

From 3 critic and 36 member reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Clever, Great writing

About the show

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.

Berkshire Fine Arts

"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

Times Square Chronicles

"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

Clever, Great staging, Hilarious, Great writing, Quirky

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.

Funny, Touching, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you enjoy true to life dramas that include alot of humor

Don't see it if you're looking for a serious drama or musical.

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want to see a great little show done very black box style.

Don't see it if you are bothered by actors playing several parts.

Also The acting is great and very balanced across the board. They made grea... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Edgy, Intelligent

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.

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Funny, Profound

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

Also Show has no scenery and I didn't miss it. Myra Thibault is a powerful ... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Enchanting, Ambitious, Touching

See it if You want a touching story with a lot of heart

Don't see it if You want a very tight well put together show - it definitely could be cut down a lot

Cute, Entertaining, Funny, Well acted

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.

Funny, Poignant, Great writing, Quirky

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.

Also Some of the acting is really terrific, but some is inconsistent. Most ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

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.

Also This is a small but cute venue.... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Very good until it beats it into the ground. 15 minutes too long!

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.

Entertaining, Great acting, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if You would like to see a well-acted show about infertility and the process of adoption.

Don't see it if You want a show that doesn't seem to resort to tedious clichés.

Absorbing, Cliched

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.

Indulgent, Relevant, Slow, Strong supporting cast, Narcissistic

See it if you seek insight into what it's like to go thru infertility treatment.

Don't see it if you don't want to feel like you're going thru infertility treatment.

Cliched, Disappointing, Funny, Entertaining, Relevant

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.

Cute, Predictable, Uneven

See it if You are familiar with crazy world of infertility and can find humor in it

Don't see it if You want a cast to have perfect command of their parts, lines were flubbed several times the night I was there

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy, Indulgent

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

Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy well-written plays about real people.

Don't see it if I really don't know what to say here because I don't know why someone would hate this play.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Refreshing, Great staging

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.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you enjoy simple but skillful staging with actors that play multiple roles

Don't see it if you don't like any amount of fluff in a play or offput by characters playing various roles

Funny, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Quirky, Relevant

See it if You like character pieces, with multiple perspectives.

Don't see it if You only want plays to be happy all the time, or if you're put off by actors playing multiple characters.

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Ambitious, Funny, Delightful

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.

Also Special thanks to Myra Thibault and Alex Correia for moving and unforg... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Great acting, Funny, Relevant, Absorbing

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.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Entertaining

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.

Also This play has a great cast. They are all so funny. I was thoroughly en... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Funny, Masterful

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.

During previews
Entertaining, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing

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

Cast & Creatives (14)