It looks like Theatre IV has a huge hit on it's hands with the reunion of the original 1988 cast (Gordon Bass, Larry Cook, Jenny Hundley, Jacqueline Jones, and Debra Wagoner) of Jack and the Beanstalk (Book and Lyrics by Douglas Jones; Music by Ron Barnett). The production began student matinee performances on Tuesday of last week and had it's official opening Friday night to an incredibly responsive house. Here are a few of the quotes we'll be pulling from Susan Haubenstock's review in Sunday's Richmond Times-Dispatch:
"...playwright Douglas Jones rings an ingenious change on
the much-loved fairy tale"
"wild version of the familiar yarn,
more fun and fanciful than the original"
"While the kids in the audience giggle at the silliness, adults can enjoy razor-sharp performances by the actors"
And also Kate Hall with RichmondMom.com rang in with a thrilling review last night. A few quotes:
"a fabulous way to spend an afternoon"
"a must-see for Richmond families who want a great laugh
and to create a memory together"
Tickets really are selling fast! So fast, that a performance was added to the final day, even before the show opened! Get yours today!
See you at the theatre!
(Photos on the left side of the page are from the 1988 production [Photos by Eric Dobbs]; photos on the right side are from the currently running 2010 production [Photos by Aaron Sutten].)