Review: Rated P for Parenthood

A new musical celebrates and lampoons the trials of parents.

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  • Photograph: Carol Rosegg

    Rated P for Parenthood

  • Photograph: Carol Rosegg

    Rated P for Parenthood

  • Photograph: Carol Rosegg

    Rated P for Parenthood

  • Photograph: Carol Rosegg

    Rated P for Parenthood

Photograph: Carol Rosegg

Rated P for Parenthood

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<strong>Rating: </strong>3/5

Unless you've got a brat (sorry, child) of your own, there's little reason to see this comedic musical revue. But for moms and dads who've preferably had a cocktail or three before curtain, Rated P for Parenthood is a mildly pleasant surprise, like when your straight-C student somehow scores a B on a midterm.

The talented cast of four—Chris Hoch, David Josefsberg, Joanna Young and standout Courtney Balan—sing and shtick their way through a variety of superficial sketches, scenes and songs about modern parenting problems. Except for one gay couple and a single mom, all of these folks are straight, white and married with upper-middle-class woes: stressful school admissions, competitive parenting and so forth.

Unlike the recent crop of other parenting shows, Rated P is relatively short on schmaltz, and Jeremy Dobrish's brisk direction means the gags keep coming quickly. Aside from the inevitable white-guy rap number, nothing here is too embarrassing. In fact, a few of the bits are pretty funny, especially "Wild Romance," a rockin' ode to getting it on when the kids are away, and the hysterical "Driving in D Minor," about an anxious mom riding next to her teen son driver. Is the show challenging? Nope. But when you've got a six-year-old going on 16 at home, the last thing you want is a demanding night out.

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Westside Theatre. Music by Dan Lipton and David Rossmer. Lyrics by Lipton, Rossmer and Sandy Rustin. Book by Rustin. Dir. Jeremy Dobrish. With ensemble cast. 1hr 30mins. No intermission. See complete event information.

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