Occasionally funny but never easy, this 1991 drama explores class, motherhood, prejudice, loss, and the ways that our dreams and expectations serve both to bring us together and tear us apart. More…
Set during an oppressively hot summer in the Deep South, 'The Baby Dance' is the story of two couples: a well-off California husband and wife who have everything except a baby, and the struggling Louisiana parents who've agreed to give them for adoption their soon-to-be-born fifth child. What seems to be a mutually beneficial arrangement turns out to be a powder keg of emotion - resentment, forgiveness, love, and self-doubt.
See it if you love strong acting, or impeccable directing, or productions that create a maximal theater experience with a minimum of means.
Don't see it if you don't want to be confronted with the common humanity of people who live very differently than you, people you might even look down upon.
See it if You like plays about the injustices life; from financial inequality to infertility. It is the human predicament, and so difficult to accept
Don't see it if You want to see a feel good play where everything works out at the end. Not for Children.
See it if A story about the haves and the have nots, except in this play those definitions swing back and forth between the couples !
Don't see it if You have no interest in domestic drama. The title might make you think this is a rollicking comedy. It most definitely is not that !
See it if you enjoy a play that makes you think about your own prejudices and differences of class.
Don't see it if you aren't interested in exploring the hidden prejudices that we all harbor.
See it if Like the idea, of being a surrogate mother. Carrying some else child.
Don't see it if Can't stand the mistreatment of a child, if they don't add up to your standards.
See it if You like supporting theatre and enjoy good writing and acting.
Don't see it if You're bothered by truthful dilemmas between classes involving babies. You don't like tiny theatres. You're expecting big and lavish B'way
See it if You want to see a play about what can happen when you are thinking about adopting and you interact with the birth parents
Don't see it if You are not interested in motherhood, adoption, those that have and those that do not and what can happen during an adoption process.
See it if Affluent L.A. couple goes to southern trailer park to adopt. Conflicts arise due to class, values, & culture. Good characters, well acted.
Don't see it if You want an uplifting experience. The first 2/3 of the play is better than the last 1/3. The weighty issues keep piling on.
See it if you can be impartial to tough topic of poverty vs privilege & related stereotypes; earnest cast gives nuance to complicated, fragile souls.
Don't see it if you need high-scale production or setting; it's a tiny theatre—minimal set, changes in the open, by cast; you chafe at aspects of adoption.
See it if Soars high with the two lead actresses while juggling between many unfortunate sides of a surrogacy.
Don't see it if Transition needs improvement as few have already mentioned. Acting can feel uneven at times. This may make you tear up a little
Also Reminded me of This Is Us
See it if you think people want kids for the wrong reasons; admit if you could choose your kids your choices would reveal unflattering things about u
Don't see it if you want a really fresh play—this one (circa 90’s) isn’t exactly dated but the social arguments in act 1 sound predictable
See it if You want to spur conversation about designer babies, the commodification of childbirth, poverty, etc.
Don't see it if You want an evening of light-hearted entertainment; Solid cast but the staging is a bit slow
See it if You're interested in family drama and an older show that's still relevant to today. You like small cast shows in small black box facilities.
Don't see it if You'll be overly annoyed or distracted by somewhat uneven acting (some great, most okay) or long and awkward scene changes and sound effects
See it if You find the subject compelling and don’t mind muddled storytelling that poor direction doesn’t help.
Don't see it if If you expect Broadway caliber production values and performances.
See it if you like intimate dramas and are interested in class divides. The female leads are both touching.
Don't see it if you need energy in your theater. The staging was awkward with lots of distracting leaden "business" for the actors to do
See it if You want to see a play that deals with a struggling family looking to give up their unborn child to make money.
Don't see it if You are looking for even an off Broadway caliber production
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