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Hal Holbrook and Dixie Carter in the Alley Theatre Production of Be My Baby;
PC: T. Charles Erickson
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Hal Holbrook and Dixie Carter in the Alley Theatre Production of Be My Baby; PC: T. Charles Erickson

Be My Baby

Be My Baby

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A Comedy.

Hal Holbrook and Dixie Carter evoked cheers and a standing ovation every single night of the world premiere production of this play at the Alley Theatre in Houston. The play tells the story of an irascible Scotsman and an uptight English woman, John and Maude, both in their late 50s, who are unexpectedly thrown together on the journey of a lifetime. John and Maude are brought together when his ward marries her niece. Then, when the young couple decides to adopt a new born baby, the older couple has to travel 6,000 miles to California to pick up the child and bring her safely home to Scotland. The problem is, John and Maude despise each other. To make matters worse, they get stranded in San Francisco for several weeks and are expected to jointly care for the helpless newborn. There they form a new partnership and learn some startling lessons about life and love. Be My Baby premiered at the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas in October 2005, starring Hal Holbrook and Dixie Carter, directed by John Rando.

For three men and three women. Unit set.


"Playwright Ken Ludwig is to contemporary domestic stage comedy what Arthur Miller was to the dramatic theater of his time...With "Be My Baby," he may have unlocked the mystery of filling theater seats."
Contra Costa Times


"A gentler brand of comedy … It’s a pleasure to encounter a comedy about two mature individuals. [I]t’s perfect."
The Houston Chronicle

"Funny, filled with laughs and a whole lot of fun!"
Contra Costa Times

"Packs a memorable, quiet punch for theatergoers."
The Houston Press

"The "don’t miss" show of the season, a funny, feel-good kind of show that makes you warm all over."
Southwest News

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-Alley Theatre Production
Southwest News

Green Bay Press Gazette

-Willows Theatre Production
Contra Costa Times

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New Ken Ludwig Comedy, "Be My Baby," opens at Willows Theatre

"Giving Birth to Be My Baby." A Conversation with Ken Ludwig at the Alley Theatre

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Production Photos

Be My Baby at The Alley Theatre,
directed by John Rando
PC: T. Charles Erikson

Dixie Carter as Maud - Hal Holbrook as John

Hal Holbrook as John - Dixie Carter as Maud

Elizabeth Bunch as Gloria - Ty Mayberry as Christy

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Left: Dixie Carter as Maud
Right: Hal Holbrook as John

Hal Holbrook as John - Dixie Carter as Maud

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Left: Hal Holbrook as John
Right: Dixie Carter as Maud

Pinewood Players Production
Directed by Bill Kane and Produced by Jean Kane




The cast included Les Maurseth as John, Linda Morrison as Maud, Michael Hull as Christy, Melanie Hull as Gloria and Lee Henry, Dolores Lanier, Clyde Morrison and Pam Uveges as the ensemble.

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