The North Platte Community College Theater Department will present "Baby with the Bathwater" April 6-9 at 8 p.m. each night.
"Baby with the Bathwater" is a bitingly satiric comedy by one of theatre's most provocative and inventive writers, Christopher Durang.
The author's target is parenthood, which he skewers with savagely gleeful wit and characteristically outrageous humor.
As the play begins, Helen and John gaze proudly at their new offspring. They are a bit disappointed that the baby doesn't speak English and are too polite to check its sex.
They decide to name the baby Daisy, which leads to all kinds of emotional and personality problems for the child.
The saga of Daisy's struggle to establish an identity continues throughout a series of brilliantly theatrical and wildly hilarious scenes, despite the growing obliviousness of Daisy's parents.
Early on, there is a zany nanny and a deranged homeless woman who are as inept with dealing with the baby as Daisy's parents are.
As a toddler, Daisy likes to run in front of buses. Daisy also experiences bizarre problems in school, and eventually, seeks counseling.
The play comes full circles as Daisy becomes a parent—forgiving of the past, but determined not to repeat mistakes.
"This play takes a deep, satirical look at parenthood," said Ritch Galvan, NPCC theater instructor and play director. "It shines light on the worst choices parents could make, but ends with a hope and optimism that anyone can overcome the damage caused by one's parents."
The play contains strong language and adult situations. It will be presented in the McDonald-Belton Theater on NPCC's South Campus.
Tickets can be purchased at the door. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.