In the Hair
The 10th Annual New York International Fringe Festival provides some family -friendly options. Plus: Jungal Book, Wiseacre Farm, and Rumple Who.
The other family offering at this year's FringeNYC is a musical version of Rapunzel (August 11-25), by a Brooklyn company cleverly called Long Over 'Do Productions. You know the story -- a witch traps a girl in a tower, and her only way out is to send down her hair for her handsome hero to climb, but this production is so special that Clark Gesner -- the creator of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown -- called it "delightful." There will also be a preview for this show at Washington Square Park on Sunday, August 13 at 11:30am.
Outside the festival circuit, Rudyard Kipling's beloved novel gets a modern adaptation in JungalBook (The Producers Club, August 3-5). Instead of happening in an Indian jungle, this play is set in an urban schoolyard, a rough and tumble place where boys need to learn "Jungal Law" to survive. But Mowgli is still raised by wolves, and he seeks the protection of Bagheera, the lonely panther. Eventually, he is forced to face the menacing tiger Sherakhan, and through that conflict begins to question his place in the world.
Two musicals that are still enjoying an open run at the always-reliable 13th Street Rep are Wiseacre Farm, an interactive musical that centers around Cliffie the Pig, who is celebrating her fourth birthday. She's gathered her friends Cecile the Scarecrow, Babette the Cat, and a hound dog named Conrad O'Conner for the festivities. But Foxy the Fox wants to ruin everything by stealing the cake. Your kids can help save the day by going to the show Saturdays and Sundays at noon. After that show, they can stay for Rumple Who?, a musical adaptation of the famous fairytale Rumplestiltskin, which begins at 1pm.