A couple are thinking about having a baby, but want to make sure they’re doing it for the right reasons. But is there such a thing as a ‘right reason’ for having a baby? In
Sian Reese-Williams and Abdul Salis put on an exceptional performance and their tight chemistry enables them to deliver the rapid-fire dialogue in a ceaselessly captivating way.
This play is full of comic brilliance. Scene transitions are quick and unostentatious; there are no props and hardly any black-outs for scene endings. The script very confidently pushes each scene only to the point where it remains interesting, and then jumps to several moments - or at other times, days - ahead, with no indication other than the superb acting as to what the new context is.
Sian Reese-Williams and Abdul Salis put on an exceptional performance and their tight chemistry enables them to deliver the rapid-fire dialogue in a ceaselessly captivating way. The man is often left standing, while the woman paces around, speaking out loud as she wades through her befuddled thoughts. Sharp bursts of laughter flow from the audience, as the woman’s unpolished thoughts reveal sentiments that we ourselves might be caught having, unpalatable though they may be (i.e. thoughtless, ignorant people shouldn’t be allowed to have babies). The man is somewhat behind the woman in terms of sensitivity, or capacity to think intellectually and this difference in how they approach their conversations continuously fuels the comedy. He bumblingly tries to keep up with her while she gets carried away with her thoughts or launches off into strange and probably faulty (but somehow convincing) logic - that it’s unethical to have a baby because of the excessive carbon footprint alone, for example.
The show tries to traverse through a range of tones with its quick pace, but the more emotional scenes, when the couple experience great difficulties in their relationship, feel under-developed, and don’t as successfully elicit a response from the audience. In such scenes it’s difficult to sufficiently empathise with their hardships. But overall, the play maintains a very engaging, quick pace, showcasing two animated characters brought to life by two extremely dynamic actors.