"Rated P For Parenthood"
Actors Playhouse gives us 18 years of parenting in 90 fun-filled minutes
Through August 11th
Whether you got them on your own, from someone else or just listened to parent friends, being a parent requires a great set of varied skills,steely nerves, solid stomachs, and sense of humor. “Rated P For Parenthood”, now open at the Actors Playhouse at The Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables, shows us how these parents cope in a way that will leave you, at once, laughing, and crying. This ninety-minute, vignette laden, fun, romp through life from a parent’s point of view will leave you well reminded of the old saying: “…your kids force you to compromise your principles on a daily basis…”.
(L-R) Henry Gainza, Jim Ballard, Julie Kleiner, Amy Miller Brennan
From the opening “push” to the push-back that pouting teenagers do oh-so- well, the show mirrors life in that period of time when parents are supposedly in charge. The reality is, of course, the kids are in complete control.
Whether you have kids or not (if you don’t, you’ve certainly heard the stories) you’ll soon find out why words like babysitters, grandparents, date-nights, alcohol, worry, sex (yours and theirs), summer camps and grey hair are commonly used by parents.
“Rated P For Parenthood” is great fun, although not great theatre, per se. The cast, crew and musicians get the most out of the simplistic book (Sandy Rustin) and music (Rustin,
Dan Lipton and David Rossmer). In the end, it all works, due to a very, very, hard working cast.
(L-R) Amy Miller Brennan, Henry Gainza, Jim Ballard, Julie Kleiner
With character names of “Man 1” (Henry Gainza) and “Man 2” (Jim Ballard) and “Woman 1” (Amy Miller Brennan) and “Woman 2” (Julie Kleiner) the four actors take on a myriad of roles – everything from new, sleep deprived parents, to a grumpy set of grandparents, to headmasters, to a teenage daughter with a strange set of “school supplies”, to young adults heading off to summer camp and college and everything in between. Kudos to all for jobs well done, often at a break neck speed - switching scenes, characters, and clothes in a matter of seconds.
Highlights of fast-paced show (except for some slow stage turntable scene changes) include: the bus stop, the moms and the soccer coach, the above mentioned “school supplies” scene, prom night, the two hip-hop, rappin’ daddies at the parent teacher conference, and the ongoing text messaging from the two giant cell phones on stage. The show is slickly directed by David Arisco, who really puts his actors through their paces getting the most out of their many talents.
You could see that the show hit many a familiar chord as audience members all over the upstairs theatre at the Miracle were nodding their head, looking at their partners, or elbowing them in the ribs, in recognition of a time, place and fond memory from their own parent days.
(L-R) Julie Kleiner, Jim Ballard, Amy Miller Brennan
Call the babysitter and go see “Rated P For Parenthood”, it runs through August 11th at
the Miracle Theatre, it’ll make you feel good.
Tickets for weeknights and matinees are $40, Friday and Saturday evenings $48. 10% senior discount “day of” performances, $15 student rush tickets 15 minutes prior to curtain with ID, Discounts based on availability - exclude Saturday and Sunday.
Group discounts for 15+. Box office: 305-444-9293 or online at www.actorsplayhouse.org.
Over the last 25 years, WIOD reporter/anchor Ed Goodman has reviewed and interviewed players from both professional and amateur theatre, music and dance companies from St Louis to South Florida. Ed earned a degree in Theatre Arts and has performed and directed in professional, and high-end amateur theatrical companies.