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The Baby Dance

Members say: Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing
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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.

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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.

 
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80
Sad, Insightful, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Disturbing

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.

82
Honest, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

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

Also FYI the entrance to the Players Theatre is not under the marquee -but ... Read more Read less

75
Thought-provoking, Slow start, eventually engrossing, Cliche character types but honest actions

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

Also Things get cooking in act 2. The class conflict gets a lot of airtime ... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if You like a well-made play and don't mind the Sgouros theater

Don't see it if You can't do two long flights of stairs

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing

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.

Also Very touching, emotional, funny and well performed performance. I enjo... Read more Read less

78
Poignant, Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Bare-bones

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.

Also Hard to believe I saw the '91 production at the Lucille Lortel Theater... Read more Read less

56
This needs to be cleaned up a bit

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

Also This is a very well written play and even though it is almost 30 years... Read more Read less

60
Confusing, Disappointing, Cliched

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.

Also Be aware if you attend, the show is not in The Players Theatre, but in... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Timely, Heart-wrenching

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 !

Also I saw this play when it premiered in New York in 1991. I found it grip... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing

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.

Also This is a well written play that delves deep into class distinctions t... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

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.

85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You enjoy thought provoking dramas that delve into issues surrounding adoption and class differences.

Don't see it if You prefer light entertainment that doesn't make you think.

76
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Profound

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

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

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.

Also This play is more than 25 years old. I don't want to strain too hard t... Read more Read less

69
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if Like slow moving shows. Actors were good but storyline and some issues were unnecessary

Don't see it if You want an upbeat show that won't offend some oeople

80
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You want to something thought provoking.

Don't see it if You want to have a relaxing night of fluffy entertainment

90
Absorbing, Edgy, Relevant, Excruciating

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.

Also Excellent acting with compassion and... Read more Read less

68
Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing, Disappointing, 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

69
Thought-provoking

See it if you want to think about life

Don't see it if are looking for fluff

Also Saw this show with Stephanie Zimbalist at its premier at Long Wharf (N... Read more Read less

57
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Indulgent, Slow

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

75
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Slow

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

90
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to see some great acting and an emotional story.

Don't see it if You're expecting an intermission or a big production. The show is bare bones, but it made for a really fun night out.

91
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You like thought-provoking drama on modern dilemma calling into our notions of privilege,class, race etc.

Don't see it if You don’t want to be challenged with key questions which affect the society we all live in..

Also Powerful and ultimately touching lead by Alexis Munday as Rachel, the ... Read more Read less

95
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if The acting was amazing! The story was wonderful. It kept my interest and attention throughout the show! I loved this play!!

Don't see it if You don’t support the arts