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THEATER REVIEW : 'Ooh, Baby, Baby' a Charming Look at Nine-Month Odyssey

October 16, 1995|F. KATHLEEN FOLEY

Jackie Planeix and Tom Crocker met more than 15 years ago in Brussels. Both were studying dance with Maurice Bejart, with whose company they subsequently toured extensively. Married for the past 12 years, Planeix and Crocker--sometimes known as Blue Palm--have since broadened their emphasis to interdisciplinary shows combining performance art, theater, dance and comedy. Call them dancer-satirists, if you will. (How often do you see that combination?)

Planeix and Crocker's latest collaboration, "Ooh, Baby, Baby" at Theatre/Theater, draws upon the team's recent experiences giving birth to their first child. Lissome and attractive, these two could certainly be the poster couple for vibrant young parenthood--when they're not kvetching, grousing or generally panicking, that is.

Under Alec Doyle's acerbic direction, Crocker and Planeix recapitulate their nine-month odyssey with sardonic wit, deftly avoiding the schmaltzy or the routine. Despite some predictable jokes involving breast pumps and nursing bras, this show is downright charming. Expectant parents in particular will get an enormous kick out of "Ooh, Baby, Baby," which will put their own travails in amusing perspective while renewing their sense of wonder in the whole mysterious process of regeneration.

* "Ooh, Baby, Baby," Theatre/Theater, 1713 Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood. Sundays, 7 p.m. Ends Nov. 19. $15. (213) 660-8587. Running time: 1 hour, 15 minutes.

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