Absurd Comedy Opens the New Season! Baby with the Bathwater, September 5 - 21
Christopher Durang is one of Broadway’s hottest playwrights – again! Few playwrights can claim that title twice in a lifetime. But Durang’s wickedly funny Chekhovian mash-up, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, was a run-away success on the Great White Way in 2013.
Now enjoying a renaissance, one of Durang's sharpest satires, Baby with the Bathwater, opens our new season. The show runs September 5-21 as part of our “Great Playwrights Series.” Director Barbara Acker, ASU Theatre and Film Professor Emerita, calls Baby with the Bathwater “a wild cornucopia of comedy.” Acker was attracted to Durang because, “He can be farcical and funny and outrageous and yet still have characters that elicit genuine compassion and pathos.”
Baby with the Bathwater is a dark comedy about the perils of parenthood. Durang’s absurd depiction of Helen and John, new parents without a clue of how to take care of their newborn, coupled with Nanny, a hilarious warped Mary Poppins type, make for a comedy of epic proportion. Part farce, part satire, part wicked wackiness, Baby with the Bathwater presents a hysterical view of modern parenting. While the play premiered in 1983, it’s biting commentary on permissive parenting and sexual identity are not only pertinent today, they present two of the most relevant issues facing modern society.
When Helen and John finally get around to naming their son, Daisy, who has a penchant for running in front of busses and lying, catatonically, in piles of laundry, it seems the hilarity will never end. But as Daisy grows up and confronts his strange and unconventionally off-kilter past, we realize that hope springs eternal and sometimes the cycle of bad-parenting can not only be interrupted, but can be forgiven and ultimately overcome. Durang’s hopefulness comes through as Daisy and his young bride face parenthood together and determine to bypass Daisy’s rage and bitterness in an effort to parent positively without the calamity and chaos of the past.
Theatre Artists Studio presents Christopher Durang’s dark comedy, Baby with the Bathwater from September 5 through September 21, 2014, at The Studio, 4848 E. Cactus Rd, #406, Scottsdale, AZ 85254. Show times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. The cast includes Studio members Debra Rich, Patti Davis Suarez and newcomer Ashley Faulkner, along with guest artists Tom Noga and Markus Maes.
Tickets are $20 for General Admission; $10 for Students 25 & Under and $15 for Groups of 10 or More, Seniors 65 & Over & Members of the Military (active or retired). For tickets, call the box office at 602-765-0120 or visit our TICKETS page.
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