All Mariah MacCarthy wanted to do was give her child to gay people. And spoiler alert, she did. But even with the conclusion spoiled in the title, Baby Mama: One Woman’s Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People is a story about a journey had by one strong woman. Written and performed by MacCarthy, the Caps Lock Theatre production tugs at your heart as the illustrious scribe shares an intimate and personal story with no fear at all.
Sharing the story of the nine months and some she carried her son, Baby Mama is the raw and real tale of the most adult decision of Mariah MacCarthy’s entire life. With a strong narrative style, MacCarthy wistfully takes her audience through almost every thought and choice she made after becoming pregnant. MacCarthy’s writing style is accessible and poignant. She doesn’t littler her script in metaphors, she is concise and lets the story speak for itself. Keeping the tale in chronological order allowed the rhythm of the event to unfold naturally. The anticipation was maintained even when she humorously spoiled the outcome as she did find ways to potentially fool you. MacCarthy brought immense heart and soul that effortlessly leaped from page to stage. From a performance vantage, it took some time to warm up to MacCarthy on stage. There was a bit of discomfort to start but once she began to live in her story once again, MacCarthy beamed with passion.
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To share the story she did, Mariah MacCarthy found a safe space with an audience willing to go on the journey with her. And she earned it. Baby Mama is a courageous story. There’s nothing political to be had. She never preaches or asks for sympathy. MacCarthy tells a story. Plain and simple. And that’s what made Baby Mama so powerful.