You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (review)

You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (review)
You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (review)
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THE PLAY: Six popular characters from the Peanuts comics wryly observe life’s quirks and sing about their childlike obsessions.


THE PRODUCTION: This is a delightful ensemble: singing, dancing with charming comic fun. Although director Susan Sanford has kept the first act’s (sometimes very) short scenes snappy, it still feels a bit disjointed. Act Two has more extended scenes that allow the cast build cohesive momentum and sweet warmth. Inevitably, “Supertime” (performed with style by Jeff Sundheim) is the show stopper. The 3-piece band (under Sandy Dacus) is strong…sometimes too strong…amplified so much that they almost overpower the singers. Terrie Powers’ set mimics the colorful rectangles of a comic strip, but the uneven Ben-Day dots are more untidy than pop. B.J. Wilkinson’s lighting echoes the lively palate. Some 21st century theatergoers might be too cynical to enjoy these kids’ deadpan innocence, but if you appreciate Schultz’s humor you’ll be in for a sweet treat.



THE POINT: This delightful ensemble brings the deadpan innocence and sweet charms of the Peanuts gang to life.


3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)


A Virginia Rep production at Hanover Tavern thru 4/17



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