March 23, 2010

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 80, Issue 12

Don't throw out a chance to see 'Baby with the Bathwater'

'Baby with the Bathwater'

'Baby with the Bathwater'

To many theater majors, the upcoming performance "Baby with the Bathwater" can be accurately described by simply saying, "It's a Durang piece." However, to the rest of the world, simply stating the author's last name doesn't even come close to describing the intricacies that Christopher Durang has become known for in the theater world.

Each cast member has a different way of describing both Durang's works and this show in particular.

Junior theater major Casey Moyer says, "With Durang, you just have to commit to the moments."

Kayla Kreis, another junior theater major, says that the audience needs to "come into (the play) with an open mind."

Kelsey Wright, classmate of Kreis and Moyer, describes it as funny, but a kind of "sick funny" and "you can't take it seriously, because you'll probably end up offended."

Overall, each girl agrees that the show is a comedy - albeit a dark comedy. "The play is an insane look at the joy of raising a child. Durang takes the subject of childcare and flips it completely upside down and all around," Moyer says.

The parents in the play, John (played by junior theater student Leo DiBello) and Helen (played by Wright) have just had a baby in the play, by the name of Daisy, but neither of them are particularly sure of how to raise the child.

"They run away when it cries," Kreis says with a bit of a laugh.

"They don't know a lot about raising a child; their actions aren't always ... correct, but they mean well," Wright says. "John and Helen have a good marriage, but we go back and forth between loving and hating each other a lot - we're both a bit bipolar, I think. Helen's a bit ˜off-balance.' "

The play shows Daisy as an infant, a teenager, and last as an adult. The other characters in the show reflect that - with Moyer playing the "sex-crazed, cracked out" nanny, and Kreis the eccentric, but nice romantic interest. But, the one place that all the actors choke up a bit is at describing Daisy.

"You don't know a lot about Daisy until the end," Wright says. "It's a bit of a surprise."

However, the reason to come see the show was obvious to all three of the girls.

"It's funny," Wright says. "It's a kind of funny that everyone gets. It's not a period piece, so it's easy to understand; it's not British humor, so it's not funny just to people that like ˜Monty Python.' "

"It can be entertaining, because it's funny, but the dark parts - the serious parts - can be informative, too, and you don't always get both in a show," Kreis says.

In the end, Moyer's reasoning is the soundest: "(Students) get a free ticket, so why not?"

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