THE MATERNAL INSTINCT:
Science, genetics, fate, free will, and alcoholism collide as Sarah and Lillian must decide if their marriage will survive Sarah's need to have a baby.
David Frieze, writing in BACKSTAGE
“…an intelligent and highly entertaining new play…made me laugh, and moved me close to tears…This is one of the few new plays I’ve seen in the past couple of years that I would like to see again”.
Dan Bacalzo writing in TheaterMania
“Bauer’s writing is engaging and witty, prompting plenty of laughter even as the playwright delves into subjects including alcoholism, biologically inherited traits, child-rearing, trust, and deception. This Instinct is right on target.”
MADE FOR EACH OTHER:
Martin Walker, ScotsGay Magazine
“Ostensibly about the upcoming gay marriage of Vincent and Jerry, MADE FOR EACH OTHER actually explores much more universal themes of the family...Not a line, not a word, is wasted in this multi-layered story of dignity, sickness and, above all, truth.… If you’d told me the strongest, most powerful piece of theatre I’d see this fringe would be in the Free Festival, I wouldn’t have believed you. Extraordinary.” ★★★★★
Jane Bristow, Fringeguru.com
“This is no preachy piece of theatre, but a frequently hilarious and thoroughly thoughtful analysis of a relationship...I became totally engrossed. A magnificent play that provides an intelligent way of looking at a complex issue, and gently questions why it is even an issue.” ★★★★★
Katherine Cunningham, Three Weeks
“MADE FOR EACH OTHER is touching, funny, tragic, and above all, romantic…an incredible performance by the lead, and only, actor, John Fico.” ★★★★★
Charlie Brookhouse, Edfringe Review
“Full of such humour and humanity, ‘MADE FOR EACH OTHER’ is a show for everyone.” ★★★★
David Pollock, The Scotsman
“This is a bittersweet romantic comedy whose meditation on the meaning of love in the face of inevitable heartbreak – in this case, the anticipated degradation of one mind through Alzheimer’s – is executed with tenderness and dry humour. John Fico is a charming lead. Monica Bauer’s sparky script does come on to deftly-mined themes of acceptance and understanding... Her understanding of [Alzheimer’s] is skilfully translated…addressing questions of what love and commitment actually mean with an incisive tenderness.” ★★★
Two generations of mothers and children collide when siblings who haven't seen each other for 40 years must be reunited. Adoption, abortion, and the ties that may, or may not, bind.
FROM JULES BECKER, NEW ENGLAND ENTERTAINMENT DIGEST
“Playwright Monica Bauer deserves her own blessing for the considerable virtues of her new play “Chosen Child,” now in a disarmingly moving world premiere at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre. Bauer brings remarkable feeling and intimacy to the exploration of the answers in a play at once both richly mysterious and smartly developed."
FROM SHEILA BARTH, THE THEATER MIRROR
“Chosen Child” ... it’s one of the most poignant, moving and worthwhile dramatic pieces I’ve seen in a while."
FROM BEVERLY CREASEY, BOSTON ARTS REVIEW
"Boston Playwrights’ Theatre has a stunning “family” drama... Bauer cleverly engages the audience... Bauer’s compassionate and novel take on the “family” play makes CHOSEN CHILD a must see this season."
FROM NANCY GROSSMAN, BROADWAY WORLD BOSTON
"Chosen Child is among the best plays I've seen at Boston Playwrights' Theatre... Bauer has reworked and rewritten her very personal story into a compelling memory play which resonates (as she says) with anybody who ever had a mother."
My Occasion of Sin:
Inspired by the history of the 1969 race riot in Omaha, Nebraska, when 14 year old Vivian Strong was shot and killed by a white cop, setting off one of the worst race riots of the 60's. Two teenage girls, one white, one black, struggle to discover their identities through music as a segregated town tenses for another long, hot summer.
Lucy Komisar's review of the Off Broadway production, writing for UK Theatre Review
"Monica Bauer’s play about jazz and race, presented by Urban Stages, is a finely polished gem. Inspired by the playwright’s youth in Omaha, Nebraska, it is a love song to jazz and its ability to unite people across color lines and also a sorrowful memoir of the time in the sixties when racism erupted into riotous violence."
Bob Fischback's review of the production at Omaha's Shelterbelt Theater
"The subject of race relations in Omaha, circa 1969, is not pleasant. But deftly handled by author Monica Bauer, it becomes a revelation of who we were, and, to a degree, who we still are...packs an emotional wallop."
Robert Delaney's review of the Detroit Repertory Theater production
"Omaha's troubles may have been little known to most of us at the time, but the racial dynamics of the situation were not much different (from the Detroit riots)...Leah Smith directs a fine local cast in Monica Bauer's brilliant play."
THE HIGHER EDUCATION OF KHALID AMIR:
Irene Backalenick, BACKSTAGE
"In this satirical piece, playwright Monica Bauer takes us on a dizzying journey...a whirl of straights, gays, crossdressers, Jews, Muslims, and Christians...a series of hilarious scenes and characters...the story moves nonstop. Bauer has a wild imagination, a unique style, and a way with language."