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Cry it Out

1 Male, 3 Female

Molly Smith Metzler Price: $10.95

A comedy with dark edges, Cry it Out takes an honest look at the absurdities of being home with a baby, the power of female friendship, the dilemma of going back to work, and the effect class has on parenthood in America

Four months ago, Jessie was a corporate lawyer with a glamorous Manhattan life

Today, she is in dirty yoga pants, covered in breast milk, trying to comfort a screaming newborn

Isolated in a sleepy Long Island suburb while her commuter husband works long hours, Jessie is desperate to talk to anyone besides Food Network

So when she spies a fellow new mom and neighbor, Lina, at the local Stop & Shop, she vaults over the cantaloupe to introduce herself

Happy to have found each other, the two moms agree to meet for coffee during nap-time in the sweet spot behind their adjoining yards where both their baby monitors get reception

And a fast friendship is born

Jessie and Lina may be from vastly different financial backgrounds — Jessie is Ivy-educated and of the manor born

Lina has a night-school nursing degree and terrible credit

But they have one huge thing in common - they’ve been cracked open by the love they feel for their newborns

One coffee quickly becomes a daily coffee, as Jessie and Lina laugh through the highs and lows of motherhood

But their intimacy is punctured when a stranger who lives in the mansion up on the cliff appears in the yard

He asks if they would include his wife, a new mom who is having “a hard time”

Reluctantly, the duo tries to become a trio, but with very mixed — and surprising — results

Runs about 90 minutes

REVIEWS

“Comic gold. … Finely written” ~ LEO Weekly

“Whip smart ... A funny story that weaves together very different but highly meaningful stories from three new mothers" ~ USA Today

“A deeply felt topical drama that takes audiences on an emotional roller-coaster ride that whipsaws through laughs, poignant tears and moments of monumental rage” ~ LEO Weekly

“In the course of discussing parenthood, postpartum depression, and gender roles, the play offers some extraordinary insights that will send you out of the theater with much to ponder” ~ LEO Weekly

“This comedy with dark edges takes an honest look at the absurdities of being home with a baby, the dilemma of returning to work, and how class impacts parenthood and friendship” ~ Playbill

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