When seeing a show called Singing Eggs & Spermless Babies, you know you are going to be seeing something….different.
Singing Eggs & Spermless Babies takes place on a Gay Cruise attended by a frustrated lesbian couple who have been trying to conceive. Miraculously, there is a fertility doctor on board whose research with lizards has led him to believe that he can create a human fetus using two eggs and no sperm. Oh, and there are some giant pink human eggs running around.
To be perfectly honest, Singing Eggs & Spermless Babies, is slow, grossly underwritten, and at times offensive. The songs don’t contribute to plot or character development and the characters are broad stereotypes of the gay community- the “lipstick lesbian” who desperately wants a baby, her “ butch” partner who secretly wants to be a man, their flip-flopping skanky bi-sexual friend, and a pair of super effeminate gay men. If this was supposed to be satire, the point was not made. Successful satire requires at least some subtlety; no matter what your religion, political beliefs, or sexual orientation, this musical’s song titled “Jesus is a Big Old Fag” is offensive and alienating. The plot was confusing and meandering – the key plot point is the final experimental invetro-fertilization of the main character- this reviewer is not a doctor, but I am pretty sure that you can’t perform major surgery on a cruise ship.
The set was a major problem for this production, far too much of the show’s 80 minutes were spent moving awkward and unnecessary set pieces. The show could just as easily have been done with a few rehearsal blocks and some chairs. The songs seemed under rehearsed and the singing was very poor. Overall, whatever point Singing Eggs and Spermless Babies was trying to make did not come across. However, the singing eggs were really cute.
See It: You’ve always wanted to see a human egg dance. You are not offended by anything.
Skip It: If you’re offended by anything.
A Note: I have worked with Alison Talvacchio (Eggem/ Choreographer) in the past. This did not affect my review.
Singing Eggs & Spermless Babies
Books and Lyrics by Rebecca Gingrich-Jones
Music by Benjamin Shallenberger
Directed by Alan Balch
Music Direction by Ben Shallenberger
Reviewed by Jessica Pearson
Running time: 90 minutes
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Did you see the show? What did you think?