Funny, Confusing, Needs an intermission, Ambitious, Well-acted
About the Show
Dragon-Man with a Suitcase Productions presents the world premiere of a dramatic comedy about a NYC couple searching for a surrogate.
'Sex of the Baby' is an unflinchingly dark comedy-drama about a disaffected New York couple. Their search for a surrogate leads them to confront the cruel and inelegant reality of love and betrayal when raw sexual desire collides with emotional politics.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Erlbach’s uneven play veers erratically from contemplative dramedy to high-octane sex farce...The members of the six-person ensemble navigate this bifurcated work to varying degrees of success."