Taking it to the Max
TheatreWorks/USA's world premiere musical Max and Ruby, A Kid's Life, Cut to the Chase, Seven in One Blow, or the Brave Little Kid, Kids and Yiddish: Ode to Oy!, and a slew of holiday offerings highlight December's family fare.
York Theatre Company presents another family tuner, A Kid's Life (December 8-January 13), about five-year-old Zack and his golden retriever and best friend, Starsky. Manhattan Children's Theatre presents Lily's Purple Plastic Purse (December 15-February 3), in which pals Chester and Wilson have their day interrupted when Lilly declares that she is "Queen of Everything."
Cut to the Chase (59E59 Theaters, December 6-30) is a backstage adventure about a troupe of madcap performers. The family-friendly comedy incorporates music, magic, tap, and slapstick. Axis revives its production of Seven in One Blow, or the Brave Little Kid (December 7-22), about a kid who kills seven flies with a single swat, and then meets a number of colorful characters while learning some very important lessons.
Additional family friendly shows that celebrate the holiday season include a multimedia musical adaptation of The Blue Bird (Urban Stages, December 14-January 13), in which a mysterious visitor arrives on Christmas Eve to lead a materialistic city girl on a search for the "blue bird of happiness"; A Very Tuckaberry Christmas (Impact Theater, December 20-22), a holiday party with music, puppetry, figgy pudding, and the world's least palatable batch of Wassail ever; A Winter Fairy Tale (Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center, December 8-9), a version of The Nutcracker created especially for children and presented as part of the Children's Theatre Festival at Kingsborough; and Vital Children's Theatre Company's The Littlest Light on the Christmas Tree (McGinn/Cazale Theater, December 8-February 6), the heartwarming tale of a discarded Christmas bulb who overcomes his self-doubts to shine when the town suffers a blackout due to a winter storm.
Symphony Space has several kid-friendly events, including a fun-filled dance celebration, Tappy Holidays (December 14) and Ugly Duckling and Me (December 29-30), a contemporary update of Denmark's most famous fairytale. National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene presents its highly acclaimed bilingual musical Kids and Yiddish: Ode to Oy! (December 2-30), a multimedia holiday show that mixes Jewish folk traditions with popular culture, introducing new characters, new songs, and an up-to-the minute satire of the latest fads on TV.