This show isn’t about a pregnant feminist it’s about life. “Whether you’re a parent or not, a feminist or not, a Dolly Parton fan or not (who’s not?), Gogerty will leave you laughing in this comic, freewheeling memoir.” — Original Works
The initial first three paragraphs of this review were about the play. That was the first draft. Don’t get me wrong the play is wonderful, but it wouldn’t be without the outstanding performance Theresa Smith-Levin delivers. Her timing, expressions, and voice deliver a sometimes thought-provoking, often humorous, but always sincere message. Speaking of delivering, she’s delivering a new life in about a month. The stage pregnancy isn’t…staged. I asked Theresa what she hoped people took away from the show, and she said, “That it’s all worth it, having babies, work, a production, or whatever you’re doing—it’s worth it.”
Watching Writer Megan Gogerty’s play, listening to her words, makes me want to read her Books and her Blog. The script is smart, funny, real, and moving. It makes sense wherever you are in your lifecycle because, bottom line, it’s about the human condition. What else could you ask for?
Flashback: She and her boyfriend are about to drive 12 hours, in his jalopy to see Carhenge, the recreation of Stonehenge constructed of old cars stood on end, when she discovers a cassette tape of Dolly Parton in a four dollar bin. They make fun of the cover, her clownish too-blond hair, layered makeup and of course Dolly’s boobs. And then they play it, and play it again, and again.
Flash forward: They’re married (she had to marry him because he loved Dolly too). They have a toddler. She’s a writer. She’s offered a weekend gig in NYC. The question becomes, “What do we do with the baby?” a question that consumes their life. The grandparents are too far away, dad has to work, and they don’t have a sitter.
The baby is wonderful on the plane. Women fawn over him, until the last leg, the crying baby leg. The crying baby no matter what you do flight. So, what do you do with a crying baby on a plane? Like her mom says, “You figure it out.”
The Producer and Director
“Beth Marshall Presents is a 10 year old independent nomadic theatre company based in Orlando Florida, committed to producing theatre that challenges our audiences, deeply explores the human condition and offers high quality production values with a special focus on contemporary and newer works, original premieres, socio-political dramas, touring festival circuits and bridging the gap for emerging artists transitioning to professional theatre.” — Beth Marshall Presents
“This show is about Carhenge, crying babies, urinating in a grocery aisle, inadvertently marketing to a fetish crowd, and roller skating on Saturday night. “It’s one very pregnant woman’s witty story of politics, pop culture and parenting! Public humiliations are endured, babies ride in planes, feminism is explored, Carhenge is visited and Dolly Parton Saves The Day!”
Can you tell I like this show? Let me be clear. I don’t write reviews for every show I see; only the ones I like well enough to tell my friends to go. Are you my friend? If you are, you should go to this show. I might see you there.
Next Show Indy Fringe
Wednesday Aug 23rd, 9:00PM
Thursday Aug 24th, 6:00PM
Saturday Aug 26th, 4:30PM
Sunday Aug 27th, 3:00PM