|"Alexander" the Great: "Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," at the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse through May 7|
|Theatre - Reviews|
|Written by Thom White|
|Tuesday, 26 April 2011 06:00|
Not being a child myself, I can only imagine the delight that kids feel at seeing a much-loved book played out, on stage, before their eyes – which is what's currently happening in the Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse's production of Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. While I’ve personally never read author Judith Viorst’s work, I do know it’s a popular story among younger readers, and those in the audience during Saturday morning’s performance certainly seemed to like what they were seeing. (They were also at least familiar enough with the source material to be able to shout out the show’s title without a hitch... though I'd bet many could recite much more than that part of the book by heart.)
As for me, I found director Tyson Danner’s take on this tale of one boy's Worst Day Ever nothing short of adorable. It’s playful from beginning to end, boasting non-stop cuteness and a good number of laughs for even the adults in the audience, and Viorst’s lyrics – set to composer Shelly Markham’s music – are often clever and chuckle-worthy. In truth, Danner’s staging of Viorst’s story is so captivating, I didn’t hear any sounds of restlessness from even the audience’s youngest members. They seemed to be engaged for the show's entire hour, which is notable (and, as a parent, much welcome) when it occurs.
For tickets and information, call (309)786-7733, extension 2, or visit Circa21.com.
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