Eclipse Theatre Company, the only Midwest theatre company to feature one playwright in one season, will begin their 2019 Christopher Durang Season this spring with a production of Baby with the Bathwater, with Derek Van Barham directing.
The 2019 Christopher Durang Season begins with the bitingly satiric black comedy, Baby with the Bathwater. As the play begins Helen and John gaze proudly at their new offspring, a bit disappointed that it doesn’t speak English and too polite to check its sex. So they decide that the child is a girl and name it Daisy—which leads to all manner of future emotional and personality problems when it turns out that Daisy is actually a boy. Thereafter, in a series of brilliantly theatrical and wildly hilarious scenes, the saga of Daisy’s struggle to establish his identity continues, despite his parents’ growing obliviousness. At the outset there is a zany nanny who gives him a lethal toy to play with; then the small problem of Daisy’s penchant, as a toddler, for throwing himself in front of buses; then his bizarre problems in school; and, finally, the sessions with his analyst which enable him, at last, to accept his maleness and stop wearing dresses. In the end the play comes full circle as the former Daisy and his young bride fondly regard their own baby—forgiving of the past but determined not to repeat its calamitous mistakes.
Baby with the Bathwater runs approximately two hours, with one ten-minute intermission.