ST. CHARLES – Ah, the soul mate. Whether you think it’s a myth perpetuated by fiction and fairytales or consider the ideal a universal truth, parties who subscribe to either philosophy will enjoy the innumerable relationship insights that come out of the romantic comedy “Maybe Baby, It’s You.”
The opener for Fox Valley Repertory’s 2015 season, “Maybe Baby” uses 12 vignettes to delve into the classic, boy-meets-girl scenario. Sure to tug chuckles out of even the most seasoned cynic, “Maybe Baby” uses two talented actors to carry the show’s comical – and very relatable – search for a soul mate.
Actors Joe Galizia (from Fox Vally Repertory’s “Unnecessary Farce” and “Brighton Beach Memoirs”) and Marika Mashburn (from television shows “Chicago Fire” and “Wordscape”) collectively play dozens of different characters placed in hilarious situations, such as Medea, the goddess of vengeance, on a blind date; as well as more tender moments, such as an elderly couple considering remarriage during their grandson’s soccer game.
The show opens with Galizia and the lovable Mashburn regaling the audience with their laundry lists of qualities sure to be held by their respective soul mates. The plea for a blond, Sports Illustrated model and a handsome poet with a foreign accent gradually get boiled down to someone who is “warm and breathing.”
Whatever IT is, Mashburn has it. Her experience with world travel, having visited 25 countries and 49 states, has undoubtedly supplemented her ability to play multiple characters from various backgrounds.
Portraying a Southern belle, Medea (my favorite role), a British wife and a brainy science snob, to name a few, Mashburn’s charismatic stage presence, delivery, range and sheer likability had me wondering why we haven’t yet seen her showing off her comedic chops on “Saturday Night Live.”
Galizia’s portrayal of a long-haired Spaniard with an exaggerated accent and as a wedding guest whose dance moves could give Elaine Benes of “Seinfeld” a run for her money, are a few of the show’s most memorable moments.
Whether you’re celebrating you’re 50th wedding anniversary, a newlywed, navigating the online dating scene, happily single or an eternal bachelor, “Maybe Baby, It’s You” is a relatable romantic comedy that taps into the intricacies of compatibility and the ceaseless desire to find “the one” ... if there is such a thing.