Theater: Mad House

BABY WITH THE BATH WATER

by Christopher Durang

Father sits, catatonic, beside the refrigerator or guzzles hooch that he hides inside a big toy duck. Mother bitterly complains that she has sacrificed a literary career to have a family. A baby sitter reads aloud a parody of Mommie Dearest. A German shepherd eats an infant whole and barks for more. Is it any wonder that this family's little girl (or boy: the parents are too polite to peek) grows up confused?

Christopher Durang's comedies have the flavor of Freud filtered through Groucho. In Beyond Therapy and Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All...

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