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Smile, Baby

comedy · the others theater company · world premiere · United States of America

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JIM BLANCHETTE certified reviewer June 21, 2015
I love women. I appreciate women. I have no idea what it's like to be a woman. Smile, Baby is probably as close as I will ever get. The women of this ensemble capture the essence of what it is to be a woman in today society with humor, gravitas and only the smallest bit of bitterness. This outstanding ensemble effortlessly flows from sketch to sketch. At no time does anything feel preachy or labored. The entire ensemble brings their A game, particularly Madison Shepard, whose characters are all crisp and purpose driven. A fantastic show with great writing and smart direction. Highly recommend.... full review
COLIN GREENE certified reviewer June 06, 2015
Smile, Baby is an amazing comedy about street harassment written by Savannah Dooley and directed by Kate Motzenbacker. It boasts an all-woman cast, many of whom are people of color, which is in line with The Others' theater philosophy and mission statement. All that being said, don't be fooled. This isn't some didactic, preachy show about learning an important lesson by putting yourself in someone else's shoes, or realizing you've done bigoted things by having overly hokey examples of poor behavior thrown at you. This is a comedy. Granted, it's a comedy with a message, but from beginning to end, this play entertains. From great gags to raunchy lines, and costumes that'll make shock and amaze to the hilarious comedic delivery of all the... full review
JACQUELINE BURBANK certified reviewer June 06, 2015
I laughed so I wouldn't have to cry. Wickedly funny, and full of too many moments that are all too real for a woman growing up under the boot of the patriarchy. "Smile, Baby" takes the age old debates about women protecting themselves (should what you're wearing matter? does it matter anyway?) and turns them on their head, highlighting the most absurd aspects of "avoiding" harassment-- showing us that it isn't the answer to these questions we should care about, but the grotesque reality that forces us to have them. Street harassment isn't a topic that you'd think could be funny, but the fast-paced performance by this diverse cast never felt heavy, and if the constant laughter from the audience sometimes felt angry, it also felt damn ... full review
TOM MISURACA certified reviewer June 20, 2015
This is a must see show! Not just for women, but especially for men. It really captures the crap women have to put up with. But it's never preachy. It does it with a sense of humor, yes, maybe a little too raunchy and gross at time, but even the most offensive moments have impact. It will make you laugh, it will make you wince, it will make you angry, but most importantly, it will make you think. The script is solid and brought to life by a group of amazing actors who transform into new characters with each "sketch" that it would be easy to believe this were a cast of hundreds. Don't miss this one!... full review
TARA DONOVAN certified reviewer June 24, 2015
tagged as: feminism · women · original play
As a woman I could relate to every word spoken and every emotion felt on that stage. And as I the show ended and I looked around the room, I was pleasantly surprised to see they weren't just preaching to the choir as the packed audience was nearly half men! In a hilarious and affecting 1 act, Savannah Dooley hits the nail on the head with 'Smile, Baby' that has up until now only been truly realized in the #YesAllWomen social media campaign. Cast standouts were Madison Shepard as Doug, Jessica DeBruin, and Molly Wixon as Jimmy. Truly a must see show! ... full review
KEVIN YEE certified reviewer June 05, 2015
tagged as: comedy
Well written, well performed, hilarious! ... full review
EMILY KEANEY certified reviewer June 05, 2015
tagged as: Feminist · comedy
A very funny, entertaining look at street harassment ... full review
Witty and insightful writing. Fantastic cast delivered diverse characters and real world fast-paced scenes, both hilarious and cutting, delivering a refreshing exposé-comedy highlighting the often ignored but commonplace massagenistic discrimination and abuse women face every day. ... full review
ISABELLA PETRINI certified reviewer June 13, 2015
Like whoa. So glad this group of hilarious, talented women created an exceptionally entertaining show on this topic. I was nearly crying with laughter at some moments (probably because some of the sketches hit so close to home with issues women face in public pretty much daily) and cringing at others (because I was moved). Nice variety of sketches tacking different moments of discomfort in a woman's day to day life. It's clear that everyone in this show has put their hearts and soul into it and really believes in the message. I'm really glad this show premiered in LA. Although everyone needs to see this. If you're hitting up a bunch of shows at The Complex this season, you don't want to miss this one!... full review
Really funny and thought provoking in a way that is so rarely so solid! Great writing and acting. Can't miss!... full review

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