Sunday, September 30, 2012

Drama review: Baby with the Bathwater highly recommended farce at Marjorie Lyons Playhouse, Centenary College, Shreveport; performances continue Sun, Sept 30, 2 pm, and Oct 4, 5 and 6, 8 pm

You can imagine the anguished laughter in Marjorie Lyons Playhouse on Sat night as the young husband was propositioned by the older Nanny the minute the wife left the apartment. "Let's have a quickie," the Nanny proposed with gusto. She proceeded to whip down her hose as he scrunched his eyes and pulled his hair.

The script was wild. And the cues and pacing in the Centenary College production of Baby with the Bathwater were bam-bam-bam.

Treated to sex, lies and ghastly parenting by the Christopher Durang script, the audience responded with a rolling wave of laughter.

Directed by Emily Heugatter, the humor was the product of a young but superb cast possessed of clear, strong voices and piratical timing. That the group is across-the-board handsome was helpful.

Jordan Fell and Josh Rabalais inhaled and somersaulted through their roles as loveably blasphemous parents.

Sandy Rather and Ashley Frisbee were also acrobatic and putty-like in their multiple roles.

Jonathan Slocum - like Frisbee, a first-year actor - held his own while running with this pack of racehorses.

The ensemble flung themselves around the stage and used a hideous amount of energy in making sure the Durang farce went by too quickly to question. They looked like the cast of SNL.

Highly recommended if you need laughs and aren't easily shocked. It's on the adult side of PG-13.

9/30/ 2 pm
10/4/ 8 pm
10/5/ 8 pm
10/6/ 8 pm

$15 / 10
Tickets online!
Box office (318) 869.5242

Snaps from Sat night.

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