The Gingerbread House
The Gingerbread House – Theater Review
In The Gingerbread House, “Brian and Stacey want a better life, the life they deserve. But what they’re willing to do to get it will destroy their family, rip them apart…and finally get them into the Club.”
“The Gingerbread House” starts out with a startlingly clever and shocking premise, a really cute suburban couple is watching television, and the man says to the woman, what if we sold the kids, which gets everybody’s attention. It is an astonishing and fresh and creative idea, but really doesn’t know exactly where to go. Bobby Cannavale plays some sort of devil in this. He’s certainly an engaging screen presence, but the problem about this is not the actors, they’re all uniformly good. The problem is that it’s a cool premise that has no place to go. I’m looking at the role of children in the marriage and temptation and all sorts of things. There is a quote at the beginning of the program that says, “evil, when we are in its power it’s not felt as evil but it’s necessity or even a duty”. But I think the play probably could’ve been much fresher and much more interesting if it had went somewhere, and it had been better written. Two Stars.