Mark McClain Wilson’s superb sound design gets the audience in the mood and feel of a rundown area of hot and humid Louisiana for writer Jane Anderson’s play the baby dance. That is not all that is hot as the acting sizzles throughout, especially Rebecca Sigl as the continually pregnant, sweet, and simple Wanda and Lisa Clifton as classy, educated, want-to-be mother Rachel. They exchange viewpoints on life and motherhood as they go at each other, both tough and gently, as the life of a baby and the child’s future holds in the balance.
A Los Angeles couple has a successful life, however, the couple can’t have children and place an ad seeking to adopt. They agree to adopt the unborn child of a poor Louisiana couple who have four other children and are barely getting by. Both couples’ choices provide an insightful, poignant drama that challenges the audience’s views on poverty, adoption, differences between classes, and culture. Anderson’s script breaks down stereotypes and may even be more relevant today than in the nineties when it was first produced as most people now know several people who have taken extra steps to parenthood.
Directed by David Johann Kim, the cast is rounded out with strong male performances by David Fraioli, Jeremy Lowe, and Shawn Parsons.
the baby dance stages on Fridays & Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. till April 14 at The Lounge Theatre 2 located at 6201 Santa Monica Blvd. (corner of Santa Monica and El Centro). Tickets are $20 available in advance on-line at thebabydance. eventbrite.com. Tickets are $25 at the door.