Chris White's Thaw is a simple story about the complex process of giving birth. Two women escape to snowed-in cabin, committed to following through on a natural birthing process.
As the pregnant Jasmine, Amy Hayes is believable and steadfast in her portrayal of labor pains and a single mother's uncertainty. Playwright White doubles as an actor, portraying the quirky and lovable, albeit undertrained, midwife. Their performances are well-executed, and dense dialogue clips along with laughter and complexity.
But things get belabored when a third character - a father figure, admirably played by Ronn Jonstone - enters the scene. Jasmine and the midwife's search for strength in each other and oneself is undercut when this dad enters the scene, and the writing does little to ground his presence. He's an unnecessary distraction from the play's more interesting subject - the friendship and love shared by mother and midwife.
Qualms aside, Thaw's open-ended journey is, on the whole, thoughtful and funny.