The production stars Karen Culp (Helen), Anna Fitzwater (Nanny, Principal and Woman in the Park), Andy Phelan (Young Man), Gina Restani (Cynthia, Woman in the Park, Miss Pringle and Susan) and Victor Verhaeghe (John).
Durang's comedy, according to press notes, centers on "eccentric couple John and Helen Dingleberry [who] are unprepared for the rigors of childrearing. When they bring their newborn baby home, they have no idea what to do when the child cries or even what gender the baby is. An outrageous Nanny and clueless school principal only make things worse. As Daisy Dingleberry grows from a young child into a confused man, he confronts his unconventional childhood and tries to establish his own identity. Can he possibly figure it all out?"
Kevin Connell directs the Ground UP production, with Travis McHale designing set and lighting and Elisa Richards designing costumes.
Durang, known for his satirical style, has penned Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You, Beyond Therapy, Betty's Summer Vacation, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Laughing Wild, Miss Witherspoon and the recent Off-Broadway musical Adrift in Macao.
Baby with the Bathwater runs through Nov. 17 at Manhattan Theatre Source, located at 177 MacDougal Street. Tickets are available by visiting www.theatresource.org or by calling (212) 352-3101. *
Earlier this year Ground UP productions staged The People Vs. Mona, the latest work by Jim Wann and Patricia Miller of Pump Boys and Dinettes writing fame, which was also staged by Ground UP in 2006.
Ground UP Productions was spawned from a group of artists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a production of Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things. The success of that production encouraged the formation of a company whose mission it is to produce "The New Classics," plays "which were recently on or Off-Broadway, and are headed towards greatness (or already there)," according to Ground UP.