'Rated P for Parenthood'

The material here is on the generic side, with cliches to spare.

The first sketch in “Rated P for Parenthood” — one of those small-scale, audience-friendly, ninety-minute Off Broadway revues formulated with an eye to sitdown engagements across the land — features a new mother who has mass e-mailed a birth-photo that includes a clear shot of, and I quote, “her hoo-ha.” One can imagine regional theaters full of older auds screaming with laughter at talk of “hoo-has” and “daddy doing pushups on mommy’s stomach.” Whether they will sustain a show at Gotham’s Westside Theater is another question.

Authors Dan Lipton and David Rossmer (music and lyrics) and Sandy Rustin (book and lyrics) are alumni of another Off Broadway revue, “Don’t Quit Your Night Job.” The material here is on the generic side, with cliches to spare: Only one of the thirteen songs, “Morning Love Song,” stands out.

Otherwise, we get items like a mom singing “my son is smarter than me” and two moms singing “I am in lust with my son’s soccer coach.” There is also one touching sketch, midway through, about two dads on playground duty.

The four hardworking actors do an impressive job, called upon to play parents, children, doddering grandparents and more. Joanna Young, Chris Hoch and Courtney Balan are personable and versatile, with David Josefsberg proving especially adept. The three-piece band, however, seems unengaged.

Rated P for Parenthood

Westside Upstairs; 250 seats; $89.50 top

Production

An Andrew Asnes, Timothy Schmidt, Evan Fleischer, Eve Chilton in association with Jed Bernstein, Charlotte Cohn, and Larry Hirschhorn/Joe and Sandi Black presentation of a musical revue in one act with music and lyrics by Dan Lipton and David Rossmer, book and lyrics by Sandy Rustin. Directed by Jeremy Dobrish, choreographed by Rachel Bress, musical direction by Meg Zervoulis.

Creative

Sets, Steven Capone; costumes, Emily DeAngelis; lights, Michael Gottlieb; projections, Chris Kateff and Richard DiBella; sound, Jill BC DuBoff and David Sanderson; production stage manager, Cambra Overend. Opened Feb. 29, 2012, reviewed Feb. 25. Running time: 1 HOUR, 20 MINS.

Cast

With: Courtney Balan, Chris Hoch, David Josefsberg, Joanna Young. Songs: "Prelude," "Push It on Out," "Little Boy," "Tick Tock," "Prayer for Ellie," "Parent Teacher Conference," "Man in a Uniform," "Homework," "Wild Romance," "The Game," "Morning Love Song," "Driving in D Minor," "To Be Continued..."

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