"Mr. Erlbach’s deeper concern is the act of artistic creation — a metaphor largely obscured in this lopsided, fast-paced production...Farce and philosophical reflection don’t pair easily in the overloaded script, and the realistic staging impedes the experiment...The play’s payoff is supposed to come in a mystical moment related to Daniel’s art, but the frenzy of this production crowds out whatever magic there might have been." Full Review
"Insightful commentary on relationships and the treacherous offspring they leave in their wake hovers near the surface of Erlbach's new work, but has not been molded with the precision it needs to reach its lofty goals. As Daniel says, quoting Michelangelo over his sculpting table, "I saw the angel in the marble, and carved until I set it free." Sex of the Baby just needs a little more carving." Full Review
"Adroit as the actors are - and Michelle Bossy's direction is adroit, for the most part -playwright Erlbach's introducing bits of sitcom and then high histrionics and then a wild-eyed neighbor in what becomes an annoying mishmash is irreversibly off-putting. It's the kind of off-putting that has a reviewer thinking twice when the next Erlbach work comes along." Full Review
See it if you're a fan of full-fledged farce. It's deepened by issues facing 20somethings, with a delightful ensemble, in a charming TriBeCa walk-up.
Don't see it if you're allergic to muddles, as the middle adds plot & thematic complications that don't seem to mesh in this just-miss.
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