Capsule Reviews

Little Footsteps Rover Dramawerks stages Ted Tally's 1986 play about a young Manhattan couple freaking out over impending parenthood. Rick Dalton plays Ben, a snotty TV exec so full of himself there's no room for a baby in his heart or his apartment. Joslyn Justus is Joanie, the pregnant wife who whines and moans about every little thing. They fight, they make up, they fight again, they break up. Tally's script is filled with terrible attempts at humorous wordplay: "That's all watercress under the fridge." The actors are incapable of handling roles that require subtlety and depth of emotion. Even the relationship between Joanie and her mom (Terrie Justus) isn't believable--and the actresses really are mother and daughter. There's much more to the art of acting than memorizing lines and entering on cue. Much more than this company is capable of, anyway. Through August 20 at the Addison Centre Theatre Black Box Theatre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, 972-849-0358. Reviewed August 11. (Elaine Liner)

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