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REVIEW: Baby With the Bathwater

a sadistic Pee Wee’s Playhouse meets Mrs. Doubtfire where conventional wisdom takes a back seat and a child’s upbringing becomes a socially inept circus.
— Lowcountrytoday.com

Chaotic, demented, madcap, deeply disturbing, and that’s just the first scene. What If? Productions kick off their sixth season with an entertaining and captivating rendition of Christopher Durang’s outrageous stage play ‘Baby With The Bathwater’ (BWTW), a dark family comedy that asks the question ‘should some couples even have a child?’. Maybe not, but that aside BWTW is still an outrageous and edgy two hour thrill ride. Durang (2013 Tony Award Winner for Best Play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) is known for penning absurd comedies and BWTW is shall we say unique.

Combine two ill equipped heavily medicated first time parents, one fussy baby (maybe a boy, maybe a girl, no one knows), a cast of misfits which includes an eccentric nanny and you have the underlying theme for BWTW. It’s sort of a sadistic Pee Wee’s Playhouse meets Mrs. Doubtfire where conventional wisdom takes a back seat and a child’s upbringing becomes a socially inept circus.

What If? Productions have gained a reputation for presenting off the wall stage plays and BWTW certainly fits the bill. Since relocating to Charleston and spawning What If? In 2010 Kyle Barnette has directed and acted in several outlandish plays with the much heralded offbeat theatre company. With BWTW Barnette once again takes the director’s chair guiding five extremely charismatic actors in this baby meets world montage... Click for full review