The Golden Goose (review)

The Golden Goose (review)
The Golden Goose (review)
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THE PLAY: This adaptation of the Grimm Brothers tale features a sincere man named Simpleton, who discovers the titular fowl and sets out to make the Princess happy.

 

THE PRODUCTION: This production has all of the elements of a typical children’s show: an energetic ensemble, plenty of broad characters, lively staging, a few tunes and cheerful design. The cast romps around the stage with enthusiasm, ably handling the often corny comedy. Writer/director Ford Flannagan has kept the action moving and used every inch of Chase Kniffen’s attractive geometrically-inspired set. Sklyer Broughman’s lighting is varied, but seems abrupt in the “magic” moments. The charming costumes by Ruth Hedberg riff on historical accuracy with lots of color, multiple patterns and creative design. The songs by Michael Strong, K Strong and Flannagan are simple and adequately sung. There’s not a lot of originality in this production, but it accomplishes its purpose: the kids in the audience were enthralled throughout.

 

THE POINT: An energetic ensemble and lively staging help this average play appeal to its intended audience.

 

3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

 

Virginia Rep’s Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn thru 8/7

 

LISTEN TO MY REVIEW (as aired on WRIR)

 

Rachel Marrs and Austin Taylor Smith. Back row: William A. Anderson, Maddie Gunter, Donna Marie Miller, and Brandon J. Johns. Photo by Jay Paul.

Rachel Marrs and Austin Taylor Smith. Back row: William A. Anderson, Maddie Gunter, Donna Marie Miller, and Brandon J. Johns. Photo by Jay Paul.

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