Baby (Out of the Box Theatrics)
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Baby (Out of the Box Theatrics)
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Baby (Out of the Box Theatrics) NYC Reviews and Tickets

71%
(12 Reviews)
Positive
75%
Mixed
17%
Negative
8%
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Great singing, Entertaining, Relevant, Ambitious, Clever

Three couples deal with the painful, rewarding, and funny consequences of parenthood.

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77
Cozy, Intimate, Generic, Simple, Great singing

See it if You’ve wanted to see this rarity & would love the intimate experience (25 guests) of an able cast (Ripley! Sajous!) singing inches from you.

Don't see it if You dislike simple musicals that play like TV movies-of-the-week. The music is good, but the show is forgettable (the experience is not).

79
Questionable updates to the original production, Great singing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you never saw the original "Baby" and want to see a stellar cast in a very intimate setting. Maltby & Shire's score is first-rate.

Don't see it if you don't like cramped spaces. Also, you can't hear every piece of dialogue or every lyric since the actors are constantly moving around. Read more

82
Quirky, Hilarious, Great singing

See it if you want a super intimate updated take on a problematic musical from the early 80s; you want Alice Ripley to belt three feet from your face

Don't see it if you want a fully developed, interestingly staged site-specific piece. Don't get me wrong, this piece (both the show itself and this ... Read more

45
Poorly revised, Inept production, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You love this terrific score from one of the most charming & touching shows; except it's so poorly performed you wouldn't know it. #painful

Don't see it if you're hoping the update would be exciting; it's TERRIBLE. With the awful performances & inept directing, this BABY is stillborn.

73
Entertaining, Quirky, Great singing

See it if You want to hear a good score sung well. The score is a fun pop mix and most cast members sing well.

Don't see it if You want high production values. I appreciated the inclusion of a lesbian couple but from a practical perspective, it made no sense.

70
Great singing, Funny, Slow, Clever, Dated

See it if You are already a fan of the show, or of Christine Sanjous - she was stellar. It’s always good to hear the songs from this underrated show

Don't see it if hard to follow if you don’t know the material - updates to modernize it and make Nick a woman were ambitious and needed but incomplete.

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Updates don't work, Badly directed, Disappointing

See it if you just love the music and can't wait to see another production as it has been a long time.

Don't see it if you would mind the new "wokeness" of the couples and have to watch in such a small space that isn't used to best advantage.

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Slow, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You don’t want a fast paced show

Don't see it if You are looking for an exciting experience

Critic Reviews (3)

Theatermania
November 17th, 2021

"Ethan Paulini, OOTB's associate artistic director, serves as director and choreographer of this immersive production, held in a 60-seat loft at Theatrelab. The intimate proceedings (efficiently designed by Rien Schlecht) put you, quite literally, in the middle of our three couples' collective living rooms — a proximity that turns out to be more exposing than it is gratifying."
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New York Stage Review
November 14th, 2021

"NOVEMBER 14, 2021 7:50 PM BABY: CHARM-FILLED MALTBY-SHIRE MUSICAL MAKES A WELCOME RETURN By Steven Suskin ★★★ Share on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter Julia Murney, Liz Flemming, Danielle Summons, and Jamila Sabares-Klemm in Baby. Photo: Jo Chiang The joys of Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire’s score for the 1983 musical Baby are immediately apparent through the first scenes of the revised version which opened tonight. After three pairs of prospective parents go through their opening numbers, they mellifluously glide into a six-voice cacophony of expectancy, the liltingly bouncy “Baby, Baby, Baby.” What—to quote one of those opening songs—could be better than that? The score over the rest of the evening remains mostly near, or at, this exuberant level. You might well wonder, then, why Baby has been relegated to the sidelines of musical-comedy memory. The answer becomes apparent soon thereafter, when that old devil “book trouble” overtakes the songwriters. No matter how high lyricist Maltby and composer Shire soar thereafter, the dialogue scenes and schematically skewed plotting interrupt the anticipated bliss of the characters. And of the audience, too."
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New York Stage Review
November 14th, 2021

"This Baby is on its way, but still has some growing to do. Too many of the book scenes bring the show to a screeching halt, and are in desperate need of trimming. (The aforementioned in-vitro exchange is the worst offender, though a late-show argument between Danny and Lizzie runs a close second.)"
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