There or Here

TEA AND ANTIPATHY Bedi, left, argues with Tewari.

TEA AND ANTIPATHY Bedi, left, argues with Tewari. Photograph: Amy Feinberg

Time Out Ratings :

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

Today the modern couple's chief dilemma isn't whether to have children, it's how to have them. In the Hypothetical Theatre Company's There or Here, would-be parents—Ajay, an Indian man raised in America (Tewari), and Robyn, a Jewish woman who's a cancer survivor (Meisels)—take the same route many stateside corporations have and outsource the task to a surrogate in India. Despite a timely topic and some zesty zingers, Jennifer Maisel's characters act as stand-ins for statements about international interdependence. For all her lengthy, angst-filled speeches, Robyn is surprisingly underdeveloped. The expressive Bedi shines, playing multiple customer-service characters, notably a hilariously inexperienced phone-sex operator. She brings new meaning to E.M. Forster's exhortation, "Only connect."Diane Snyder

14th Street Theater. By Jennifer Maisel. Dir. Amy Feinberg. With Annie Meisels, Alok Tewari, Purva Bedi. 1hr 35mins. No intermission.