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The Baby Monitor

From 2 critic and 16 member reviews
Members say: Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

About the show

A new play exploring same-sex parenting and family values in today’s America.

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Tolerance Is Not Acceptance. When Claire’s concerns over the welfare of her two-year-old cousin are dangerously validated, she begins to question the family's principles and ability to parent. 



92
TheaterScene.net

“That it involves the relatively new phenomenon of gay parenthood gives it an added impact. That it is written with a thorough understanding of the complexities of gay parenthood vs. conservatives-in-liberal-clothing keeps it constantly edgy. And, that it has a relatively positive ending makes it a valuable addition to this literature in a season when Michael McKeever's popular ‘Daniel's Husband’ excited interest in a storyline also involving gay marriage, one with a decidedly dire conclusion.” Full Review

90
Lavender After Dark

"Poignant, highly original new piece...it is unlikely that this subject matter has been explored in a more emotionally complete way...'The Baby Monitor' is unafraid to navigate into previously uncharted territory, particularly when it comes to tackling the issue of the deeply ingrained prejudices still faced by LGBTQ people...Miniño’s direction is brisk and clean. The energetic cast is universally excellent, unafraid to give the audience sweat, tears, and yes, even blood." Full Review


96
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Exquisite

See it if You like plays inspired by real fears and honesty. This could and does happen.,

Don't see it if You are not ready to change.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you want to challenge your perception of what it means to be progressive and want to experience a smart, raw, theatrical experience.

Don't see it if you see things black and white and wish to keep it that way.

Also for those that think the plot is not realistic, it is based on a true ... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Profound, Resonant

See it if if you relish profound plays - exposing the dark under-belly of our prejudices that we don't want to have. Great story, script, acting

Don't see it if if you don't want to deal with unconscious prejudice against LGBT life that many harbor, even LGBT people themselves

90
Clever, Great writing, Relevant

See it if The cast does a fine job in this play which is the star of the show. With some editing & character/story development, this has potential.

Don't see it if I think this play should have two acts and it wouldn't hurt to add more stage time to develop the story and characters. A MUST SEE!

89
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you enjoy well written, well directed and well acted plays about important timely subjects.

Don't see it if you enjoy light plays and musicals.

Also It would have been better if the actors spoke entirely in English. The... Read more Read less

86
Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent writing

See it if This relevant contemporary drama will leave you talking about what constitutes appropriate parenting and what acceptance of LGBTQ means.

Don't see it if You are opposed to LGBTQ families. You believe LGBTQ is only about sexual acts.

Also LGBTQ family constellations are not fully accepted and may be regarded... Read more Read less

85
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in gay parenting and child abuse issues

Don't see it if You are not interested in gay parenting and child abuse issues

Also As someone who has been a caseworker in family court there is nothing ... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if strong acting with a relevant story about parenting in the LGBTQ community.

Don't see it if you prefer musicals or lighter productions. This is an important story and will open your mind.

85
Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You are interested in same sex marriages and parenting and their rights

Don't see it if You can't accept the differences in family structures, are homophobic. Also, if you need to see a play with an elaborate set design.

Also Very timely play. The practically non existent set design did not detr... Read more Read less

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if well acted play about contemporary issues relating to the LGBT community...very engaging.

Don't see it if you don't like family or LGBT dramas.

82
Relevant, Superb writing, Intelligent, Insightful, Interesting

See it if you are interested in the issue of bigotry against homosexuals, non-stereotype characterizations, excellent dialog & nuanced presentation.

Don't see it if you desire pure "light weight" entertainment and dislike very basic production values and the serious handling of the issue of gay prejusice

71
Disappointing, Edgy, Relevant, Slow

See it if You are interested in the complicated dynamics of LGBT parenting and family drama

Don't see it if You don’t like black box sets with. Minimal production frills at 1hr 40minutes it seemed Slow

70
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Well acted, Long, Unconvincing plot

See it if you like family dramas.TBM deals w homophobia, race, infertility, immigrn, wealth gap. Chars are uneven, as is the tone. Stakes get too high

Don't see it if you want a believable plot. But portrayal of deep-seated anti-gay prejud is well presented, then rejected. Loving cousin can be a monster.

60
Uneven

See it if You want to see a modern day, small play, heavy on the drama.

Don't see it if You want a play less about now. And more balanced script, acting, direction.

Also The characters spend a lot of time taking about the past and character... Read more Read less

59
Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if You would to see a small play ripped from the headlines.

Don't see it if You want a finished, polished production.

Also The play has an interesting plot, but I fear it never amounts to more ... Read more Read less

96
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Funny, Edgy

See it if you love a very well written play, brought to live by amazing actors

Don't see it if you don't like art


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