How to Raise a Pop-Up Kid

A typical day at the office turns upside down when middle manager Chris meets a mercurial creature claiming to be her daughter. Determined to quit grieving her own mother, and rattled by the creature’s unpredictable appearances and exits, Chris miraculously manages to nab the promotion of her dreams. But she soon finds that success, like love, exacts a price she may not be able to pay.
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How to Raise a Pop-Up Kid

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  • Wendy Schmidt:
    15 Sep. 2018
    The Pop-Up Kid explores modern coping mechanisms with an understated and graceful sense of loss, lots of humor, and a song about a guy’s corgi. Surprising dialogue, endearing characters, and a delightfully odd point of view make this play a subtle and fulfilling meal.
  • Hallie Palladino:
    11 Sep. 2017
    Popup Kid is full of sharp wit, unexpected juxtapositions and surprising discoveries. MT Cozzola's observation of character is excellent and her endearing protagonist grabs us from the get go. The play explores mother daughter relationships in a highly original way through the introduction of "the Popup" child. Through this lens Cozzola explores Chris's positive choice to live childfree in spite of her late mother's expectations. It is lovely to see a play about a woman embracing her professional ambitions and finding her own path to fulfillment. A delightful mix of magical realism and absurdist humor.

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