Molly Smith Metzler’s play “Cry it Out” follows three new moms as they begin their journey into parenthood. Every mother-baby relationship is different but how much to socio economic class affect the way a child is raised.
The story is set in Port Washington on Long Island, an area made up of the ultra wealthy, Manhattan commuters, and the working poor. This anomaly results in an extremely diverse and strong school system.
This play is cunningly witty and heartfelt while exploring pretty typical relationships.
The story follows the unlikely friendship between Jessie (Emjoy Gavino) and Lina (Dina Thomas), who have nothing in common except they are both at home with their newborn babies. The two moms understand each other in a way that they feel others don’t. One day Mitchell (Paolo Andino), a new dad from the neighborhood above theirs, comes by to ask if his wife, Adrienne (Tessa Klein), may join their group. Together they all wrestle with returning to work, childcare, nursing, naps, and everything else that comes with raising a child.
The small ensemble of four actors had electrifying and fluid chemistry. Gavino and Thomas work extremely well together on stage with their equal yet opposite demeanors. Klein’s contrast was stark and biting. Andino’s concerned and jittery Mitchell also created more delightful and awkward tension amongst the group. These four very different energies were so distinct that when they collided on stage it created some astonishing interactions.
The clever and almost simple set was designed by Chelsea Warren. The yard was set on a revolve so the audience got to experience the various meetings from different angles. Behind the action the rows of Long Island houses and the Manhattan skyline loom.
Kathleen Geldard designed the costumes. They were versatile and distinguished the characters clearly by economic status. They also allowed the actors to change quickly as time passed throughout the play.
Parenthood is one of the most criticized things a person can do. Everyone has opinions about the right way a parent should raise their child. Not every parent has the some options as others. Not every child is meant to be brought up the same way. “Cry it Out” explores three different babies and what influenced the decisions their parents had to make.
This play is cunningly witty and heartfelt while exploring pretty typical relationships. It feels good to watch and be a part of these characters lives as they navigate the journey that is parenthood.
Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission.
“Cry it Out” runs at Studio Theatre through Dec. 16. For tickets or more information click here.