CryItOut LibbyRicardoOh, the challenges of first-time parenthood! You’ve got it all planned out and then that little bundle of joy derails all your preconceived notions about who you were and who you are now. You now must puzzle out how to juggle baby’s demands with those of your other relationships, especially those of your spouse.  Dreams of smoothly sailing into the future get tossed about and shipwrecked. And how in the world will you ever catch up on sleep?


Lean Ensemble Theater’s production of “Cry It Out” by playwright Molly Smith Metzler drops us into the thick of navigating these “newborn” anxieties.  This dark gritty comedy revolves around three women: a lawyer on maternity leave who’s wrestling with stepping off the partnership fast-track; an unmarried blue-collar hospital worker with money and relationship problems; and a wealthy jewelry designer in deep maternal denial with a desperate husband determined to work it all out. 

Directed by Lean Ensemble ‘s Amanda Sox,  “Cry It Out”features Maegan McNerney Azar, Lindsay Ryan, and Ensemble member Libby Ricardo as the trio of new mothers and Thomas Azar as the bewildered new father. 

Evening performances at 7:30 March 19-21 and March 26-28. Matinees 2 pm March 22 and March 29. HHPS Main Street Theatre, 3000 Main Street, Hilton Head Island 29926. Tickets: $40. Students and Active Military $15. Preview night (March 19 only) $25. Group rates available. Tickets and information: 843.715.6676 or  

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Libby Ricardo plays a befuddled new mother in Lean Ensemble Theater’s production of Molly Smith Metzler’s dark comedy ‘Cry It Out.’  Photo by Jean-Marie Côté of thefrenchguy photography