The Argument is the story of a 40-somethings couple, Sophie and Phillip, who after falling for each other quickly and a period of a very happy relationship, get a surprise when Sophie finds out she is pregnant. Both characters have very different ideas of how to deal with this news and serving as the dramatic conflict for the play. The Washington Post's Nelson Pressley puts it well, saying "'The Argument' watches two supposedly mature people...claw each other to bits."
The play was updated since its 2005 premiere to better suit today's audience. While there were small changes, such as lines cut and added and the ability to relook at the characters, the rewrite also allowed Gersten-Vassilaros to update the technology in the play and change the economic background of the play, following the economic decline of the past few years.
In a review for The Washingtonian, Missy Frederick wrote that the play was "about the personal consequences [of abortion] for two characters and their relationship, rather than the ideological stances behind the debate...the result is a lot more interesting than a political polemic, even if the play’s conclusion is less than satisfying."
Audiences responded well to this personal approach to this often-discussed issue. The energy in the theatre after I saw the show was of a group of people that enjoyed what they saw and wasn't upset or emotional about a controversial subject that was discussed for the previous 90 minutes. Responses online were much more about the characters and the well-produced play than the hot-button issue at hand.
Since the show opened, Serotsky has had "a lot of interesting conversations" with audience members about their reactions to the show. These reactions were all over the spectrum, which is not surprising considering the subject matter. Overall, the play was "divisive, but people didn’t regret it."