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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

a Regional premiere
CATEGORY : COMEDY CHILDREN
by Jody Davidson

COMPANY : Synchronicity Performance Group [WEBSITE]
VENUE : 7 Stages [WEBSITE]
ID# 3303

SHOWING : February 14, 2009 - March 08, 2009

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

It's just a bit of kindness to offer a cookie to a hungry little mouse, right? Hmmm ... maybe not. One ill-fated boy finds out just how kind it is or isn't when he meets one particular mouse one particular day. Based on the popular book by Laura Joffe Numeroff.


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If You Invite a Grown-up to a Children's Play ...
by Dedalus
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
4.5
If you invite a grown-up to a children’s play, he’ll probably ask to bring along his little girl.

If a little girl gets invited to a play with her Daddy, she’ll probably want to wear a fancy new dress.

If she wears a fancy dress, she’ll want a hairbrush to look really special.

If she gets to the play looking really special, she’ll want to buy a snack and a drink.

If she has a drink before the play, she may forget to “Go.”

If she’s like most little girls, she’ll want to sit in the front row.

If the actors talk to her, she’ll talk back.

If the actors drop something (like mouse hair) on the floor in front of her, she’ll dive for it.

If she forgot to “go” before the show, she’ll want to “go” NOW (even if Daddy is enjoying himself more than is healthy for a grown-up).

If the show is REALLY good, she’ll want to go to another play.

My little girl wants to go to another play!

-- Brad Rudy (BKRudy@aol.com)

Postscript – I need to give a few “shout-outs” here –

“HEY” to Brent Nicholas Rose for making me believe he was 12 years old. His work in “After Ashley” was obviously no fluke.

“HEY” to Enisha Brewster for convincingly channeling her inner mouse.

“HEY” to Malika DeShon for taking that old vaudeville staple (the Mirror Scene” ) and making it seem fresh and new (I actually thought it was a real mirror for the first couple of beats).

“HEY” to director Suzana Berger and her design team for creating a fast-paced, seamless production that works on “somebody else’s set.”

And a great big “HEY HEY HEY” to Jody Davidson for taking what is essentially a really young children’s book, and fashioning a play that is enjoyable by all kids and the grown-ups who love them.

(And Julia (age 8) says, “I hope you bring it back next year because it was so funny and I loved it so much I want to see it over and over again.”)


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