A group of more or less ordinary Sydneysiders go about their lives: Anna makes toast, Henry dresses for work, Milla catches the train to school, Moses deals drugs. But hovering above this unholy parade of life is the sobering fact that Milla will die before her 15th birthday.
Babyteeth looks at the humdrum world around us and sees something radically alive. Dogs, Paganini, figs, an eight-year-old Vietnamese violin prodigy, morphine, clear skies and a Latvian immigrant are amongst the magnificent conflagration of ingredients which make up this wonderful, funny play, written specially for Belvoir.
"Would a nice, 14 year old girl fall in love with a 25 year old junkie on her way to her violin lesson? Would her educated, upper middle class parents allow the junkie to move into their underage daughter's bedroom? Both notions sound improbable in normal circumstances, but if the girl is dying of leukemia, with limited time to enjoy the experiences of her emerging adult self, then it sort of makes sense."
"Playwright Rita Kalnejais's lovely complex script, directed by Eamon Flack on a fluid revolving set by Robert Cousins, starts slowly, with all the set-up scenes dancing dangerously on the border between the comic and the tragic. But as the story unfolds, we come to realise all this initially grotesque behaviour grows out of the characters' hurt and their inability to come to terms with what is about to happen."