Written by: Paula Vogel
Directed by: Linda Haston
Starring: Tony Bingham*, Tressa Glover*, Robyne Parrish*
Move way over, Brady Bunch.
Anna’s baby is a week late. Ruth, her longtime partner, is jealous that Anna’s gay friend Peter fathered the child in a very conventional way. And, oh yes, the three imaginary children Anna and Ruth have created (and embody), not to mention impending fatherhood, are totally freaking Peter out. What’s a non-traditional family to do? Simple: kill off the imaginary kids to make room for the real one. As it turns out, that’s easier said than done. Paula Vogel’s outrageous comedy, And Baby Makes Seven,celebrates a family in which members freely materialize and dematerialize, offering love, comfort, and the occasional kick in the ass if needed. Devising ways to do away with the fictional children becomes problematic. The very sane Anna and Ruth have invented the illusory Cecil, Henri, and Orphan not only for “releasing anxieties,” but also as a means of expressing the often unpleasant truths that adults find difficult to express. Out of the mouths of babes, indeed. Vogel convincingly makes the case that, traditional or alternative, there is no kind of love and no kind of family we should ever turn our back on. There are an awful lot of people to love in this world - not only do you have the opportunity to love them, but you’re better off loving them, even if your history with them is contentious, even if they piss you off, even if they’re imaginary.
”I’ve never heard an audience at Off the Wall laugh more raucously or with more frequency than they did last Friday, at the play and at the finesse and versatility that were obvious in the performances given by Robyne Parrish, Tressa Glover and Tony Bingham.” - Washington Observer-Reporter
“The cast is brilliant with pitch-perfect comic timing. But it is Glover who gives the tour-de-force performance of the show.” - Pittsburgh Theater Today
“Off The Wall Productions again lives up to its name, offering a play which clambers and crawls over provocative space, defying conventions, prodding us to ponder what’s inside.” - Pittsburgh City Paper
” High Strung Menage a Trois Makes Myriad of Mirthful Moments…Washington’s Off The Wall Theater comes up with yet another delightful way to spend the evening.” - Pittsburgh Owl Scribe
* Members of Actors Equity Association