Theater News

LA Kids Spotlight: September '05
Alegre!, from Bob Baker Marionette Theatre, is a South American-flavored marionette musical extravaganza for children of all ages. And the venerable Santa Monica Playhouse is presenting Barnyard Madness with the Three Little Pigs, a 1940s-style musical romp, set to a country-western beat, about the showbiz wannabes the McPig Sisters.
Chicago Kids Spotlight: September '05
Even adults might enjoy Schoolhouse Rock Live! at Drury Lane Theatre Water Tower Place (beginning September 24), since they probably grew up with the original animated TV version.
Boston Kids Spotlight: October '05
Cavalia at Suffolk Downs, has been extended through October 9. This grand spectacle -- which includes 30 horses cavorting about a 160-foot stage -- also has an educational aspect, in that it explores "the 5,000-year-old relationship between horses and humans." If it's truly impressive, you'd better be prepared to spring for that pony.
The Cats Pajamas
Post-Cold War Russia unleashes its latest weapon: trained circus cats. Also: Three musicals for the family at NYMF, a revival of The Nastiest Drink in the World at Vital Theatre, Pacific Island dancers at the New Victory, Swedish Folktales at the Looking Glass, and more.
Philadelphia Kids Spotlight: September '05
The ninth annual Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, together feature nearly 200 productions in cutting-edge theater, dance, and music. Although the vast majority of the shows have adult themes, kids don't need to be left out of the festival experience. One show catering to the little ones is the Valley Forge Children's Theatre production of Wiley and the Hairy Man at the African-American Museum (September 3-11). In the eerie swamps and bogs of America's Deep South, young Wiley must outwit a very scary and unusually hairy man three times in order to save both himself and his mother.

Another kid-friendly offering at the Fringe is Jeffrey Benoit's Chariot of the Sun (the Actor's Center, September 6-17). This fast-paced introduction to Greek mythology is performed by Barrymore-winning actor Seth Reichgott and employs a combination of masks, mime, poetry and lots of audience participation in recalling the ancient stories of Phaethon, Pandora, and Odysseus' escape from the Cyclops.