With a lot of heart, humor, and love, "We Crazy, Right?" is a very moving and timely show with a universal message about family as we know it today. Written and performed by Jeff Seabaugh and directed by Mary Tarochione, "We Crazy, Right?" is the true life story of Jeff and his partner Randy's desire to become parents and how they navigated through the foster care system to eventually adopt three Dominican kids and Jeff's decision to leave his NYC life behind for the suburban life of a stay-at-home dad.
Jeff's writing and performance style is strong. His words easily come alive as he utters the emotional ride he and Randy took to get to where they are now. His transitions between characters were smooth and effortless. With a comedic start that allowed me to relax and ease into this story, Jeff lead the audience on this journey in a well thought-out sequence of events. As the show continued, the emotional, heart-wrenching drama slowly unfolded bringing me to tears on several occasions. Just when my emotions reached their ultimate height, Jeff's brilliant writing brought the laughter back in.
It was interesting to learn about the varied reactions the world has had towards Jeff and Randy and their family. I'm glad Jeff included the hardships they faced in addition to the happy moments. Their struggles really added a reality to the piece that someone else might not have included.
Jeff wrote an excellent play. There were, however, two different moments I thought the show was going to end. One moment was after the adoption court scene and the other moment was when Jeff decided to become a stay-at-home dad. If this show moves beyond the Fringe Festival, which I hope and expect that it will, maybe there is another way to deliver these two moments that wouldn't make me feel the show was over. I am not suggesting the actual ending of the show gets changed because that itself was perfect. I left the show with many emotions running through me, but the biggest one I felt was that of pride, for Jeff, for Randy, for their children, and for our community!
With just 4 performances left, "We Crazy, Right?" is definitely one of the NYC Fringe shows to see! "We Crazy, Right?" plays at the theater at Jimmy's No. 43 (43 East 7th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue). For tickets, click on the date you want to attend! Saturday, August 18 at 12 Noon; Sunday, August 19 at 7:15 PM; Friday, August 24 at 2:30 PM; and Saturday, August 25 at 8:45 PM.