Baby with the Bathwater

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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....
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Overview

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 circles 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.
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Editorial Reviews

New Yorker
...one of the funniest dramatists alive, and one of the most sharply satiric.
NY Daily News
Durang's outrageously satiric view of society should never be checked
NY Post
...a typical example of his dangerous wit and anarchic sense of humor.
NY Times
...he conquers bitterness and finds a way to turn rage into comedy that is redemptive as well as funny.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822200840
  • Publisher: Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1984
  • Sales rank: 418,271
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2011

    Slow

    I'm sure the play was great, but unfortunately I never got the chance to open the package. When the book finally arrived late my class was already done reading the play. I will be returning it in its original packaging.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2006

    FUNNIEST PLAY EVER

    this play is sooo funny! the book is great and the play is amazing! there was not one time in the play that u wone be laughing! Usually i cant watch plays because they are boring but this is just incredibly funny EVERYBODY READ THIS BOOK

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