A: "Maggie, we lost our old space at a certain student matinee, when you decided to break the fourth wall…."
That kind of "bang-bang, everybody laughs" exchange is the basic building block for successful summer comedy. The problem with "Love Child" is that things becomes so intricate it's hard to follow what's happening.
David Pierini and Greg Alexander energetically portray 20 diverse characters in overlapping sequence, male and female, stoned and sober. They're staging a musical version of an Ancient Greek tragedy, with family and a big producer in the seats. Got all that?
But the element of confusion about who's speaking, and where, sometimes overwhelms the humor. You almost need a scorecard to keep track of everything going on in "Love Child." It's funny, but in this case, simpler would have been better.
"Love Child" plays at the B Street Theatre through July 25th.