Wednesday, February 26, 2014

theatre review THE CAT IN THE HAT, Feb. 23, Childsplay

Rudy Ramirez, Kate Haas and Katie McFadzen
To read my complete review at Talkin' Broadway of The Cat in the Hat at Childsplay, click on this link.

"In 1957, Dr. Seuss' classic children's book "The Cat in the Hat" took something simple that most of us experience in our youth and turned it into a madcap escapade while also creating an unforgettable literary character. That simple experience is what to do when you're young and stuck at home on a rainy day with nothing to do. And that character is, of course, the mischievous cat who wears a red and white striped hat and a big red bow tie around his neck. While there aren't many rainy days in Arizona, I can't think of anything better for children of all ages to ward off boredom than to visit the magically theatrical Childsplay production of The Cat in the Hat playing on weekends through March 16th.

While Childsplay's The Cat in the Hat may be too simple for older children, I think younger children, parents, and anyone who has a fond remembrance of the joys the Cat brought to Sally and her brother on a rainy day will have a swell time. A brief question and answer session with the cast after the show adds a nice element for the children in the audience, allowing the adults to see how the imagination of the play piques their imagination.  With a talented cast, impressive direction and splendid creative elements, this Cat is one that anyone would welcome into their house.
The Cat in the Hat at Childsplay runs through March 16th at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe, with performances on Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. Tickets start at $12 and are on sale at or at the Tempe Center for the Arts Box Office (480) 350-2822 (ext. 0)

Photo: Tim Trumble


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