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Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business (2009)

by Joan Cushing from the book by Barbara Park

COMPANY : Synchronicity Performance Group [WEBSITE]
VENUE : 7 Stages [WEBSITE]
ID# 3396

SHOWING : May 09, 2009 - May 31, 0209



That’s right – the sell-out hit from last season is back! Join the irreverent and irrepressible Junie B. Jones and all her friends again for another hilarious round of misunderstandings and kindergarten hijinks. Junie can’t wait to meet her brand new monkey brother.

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by Dedalus
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Hi. This is Julia Rudy again, and I’m in Second Grade now, and my Daddy took me to see “Junie B Jones and a Little Monkey Business” for the second year in a row. Since last year, I read I think all the Junie B. Jones books and I really like them because I am always getting in the same kind of trouble that’s not my fault that Junie gets into, though I know I don’t have a monkey for a brother because I don’t have a brother or a sister but I do have a cat named Mulan who sleeps on my bed. Did I say I’ve read all the Junie B Jones books? A couple times during the play, I had to tell Daddy about the parts of the play that are from books other than the Monkey book (like “Junie B. Jones and the Dumb Bunny”), but when I did tell this to Daddy, he just shshsh’d me. Did I tell you that this year it is in a bigger theater and we got to sit on the floor in front of a rail that made it feel like it was a balcony? I really liked that part. Anyway, in this play, Junie is going to have a baby brother. The story is funny, because Junie’s grandmother tells her that her new baby brother is “just a little monkey” meaning he’s really cute, but Junie thinks she now has a real monkey brother, which makes her happy because she was afraid a baby brother would be PU stinky, and she tells all her friends about her monkey brother during show-and-tell, but she gets in trouble with her principal who looks a lot like her Daddy and the boy in her class with the dead crickets Hoppy and Russell. She gets in trouble because her brother isn’t really a monkey, like I get in trouble when I tell little fibs to my Daddy and Mommy which I don’t do really often, but I do get ants in my pants in class like Junie does and then I get in trouble with Ms. Novac who is my teacher this year but I make up for it a lot by being such a good helper.

Daddy says I should stop talking about me and talk about the play. He said I did this same thing when I told you about this play last year. Did I tell you I’m going to be the 2nd narrator in my 2nd-Grade play about Jack and the Beanstalk next week, just before school ends and I get to go to Daddy’s office because there’s a summer camp there all summer? I also tried out for a “Cinderella” play, but I didn't know if I’m going to be in it or not when I first wrote this last week but now I know I am I am (but I still don't know what part I'm playing) and I’m really nervous about that (but I think Daddy is nervouser). Anyway, “Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business” was funny, and I liked the “Bestest Friends” song, and my bestest friend is Mia who is my baby-sitter’s daughter who I always have sleepovers with and she’s like the sister I won’t be able to have. I also want to tell you about the fun song about Words that I liked a lot. Because I like words and I like reading them and I like saying them and I like writing them and I especially like reading about Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice, which Junie hates, but I like my middle name, which is Michaela, which I can spell, because it’s a fun word. Did I say I like words?

If this sounds a lot like the same thing I wrote last year, well, the play is a lot like the same thing I saw last year only in a bigger stage and I think I liked it a little better this year because I didn’t have to get up to go to the bathroom at all and I got to pretend I was watching it from a balcony.

-- Julia Rudy (Yes, I have my own E-Mail Address, but Daddy won’t let me tell it to you)

Daddy’s note – This was a fine show with a lot of laughs, and, like Julia, I think I liked it better this year than last. The set (which doesn’t have to share the space with another show) works, and Bethany Ann Lind repeats her success from last year, only now, she’s grown so comfortable in the role she’s able to toss out bunches of silly asides and ad-libs that are totally in character and drive the story. I even liked the songs more this year. So, this is a good show for the young ones in your life, and it’s also pleasant if you’re suffering from adulthood (or what passes as adulthood these days).

-- Brad Rudy (



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