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In this weirdly dated drama, bespectacled, pregnant researcher Frankie must decide whether to give her baby up for adoption to her brother and status-conscious wife or the baby’s biological father and his (gasp!) same-sex partner.

Both sides are presented until Frankie makes her final, carefully analyzed decision. One-dimensional characters include: Tyler, the fast-talking gay lawyer appalled at having a child infiltrate his world of teak; Frankie’s imperious mother, still mourning her eldest daughter’s accidental death before moving on to her cocktail party; and earnest sister-in-law Evelyn, a mother-wannabe frustrated by her husband’s infertility.

Winnipeg playwright/director Ron Blicq’s script is shy on plot detail and character motivation, with a not-so-subtle thread of homophobia woven throughout its 75-minute length. And too many pregnant pauses — pardon the pun — create their own shades of somnolence.

— Holly Harris

From the Fringe program:

Whose hand will Frankie's baby reach for after Frankie leaves?

Will it be Adrian's (Frankie's "ex"), the father who insists he has the legal right but now lives with another partner?

Or will it be David's and Evelyn's, Frankie's brother and sister-in-law, who claim they have the "family" right?

Each side vehemently argues its case as Frankie tries to decide.

 

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 75 min

Tickets: $9

Discount Tickets: $7 for Matinees, Students, Seniors, Kids (12 & under), Fringe performers, MAP members

Under 5 not admitted.

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