, the baby is essential to all that follows (although never seen in the flesh onstage) as the social worker struggles with who is the best person to raise a child. Seth Gordon is back in Houston to direct the play at Stages Repertory Theatre. “The social worker needs to figure out exactly what to do with the baby and she’s faced with a moral issue: the choice between allowing the kids to put themselves back together so they can have their baby returned to them or whether one of their parents should take the child.” Carolyn Johnson (End of the Rainbow
) plays the social worker, Justin Doran (Shear Madness
) is Pastor Jay, and the actors playing Karlie (Tanith Albright) and Peter (Jeremy Gee) are undergraduates at Sam Houston State University. Gordon says he’s a fan of Gilman’s work because of the way she tackles tough issues. “She also writes plays about characters who are sort of swimming upstream. They’re having difficulty navigating.”
7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Continuing 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. May 10 through May 28. 3201 Allen Parkway. For information, call 713-527-0123 or visit stagestheatre.com
. $21 to $65.
In the opening scene, a teenage couple, both recovering meth addicts, lose custody of their baby, who has been brought to the hospital in bad condition. Caroline, a social worker, gives them the news that they won’t be taking their daughter home. In Rebecca Gilman’s