Baby With The Bath Water
By Christopher Durang
As the play begins, Helen and John gaze proudly at their new offspring, too polite to check its sex and a bit disappointed that it doesn't speak English. 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 play with; then the small problem of Daisy's penchant, as a toddler, for throwing himself in front of buses; then his bizarre problems at 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 the past but determined not to repeat its calamitous mistakes.