Now extended to February 10th
Right before Christmas we checked out the Arden Theater’s production of Charlotte’s Web. Maybe because it is nestled in the Old City rush of 2nd Street but I think the Arden Theater gets a little lost in the shuffle. This one should really be on your list because it is a great family friendly theater. There is not a bad seat in the house because the stage is on the ground with stadium seating surrounding it in a half moon. Ticket for the 3 of us cost $45 which I though was pretty decent just in case we had to evacuate 1/2 way through. This was Henry’s first play after all.
The production of Charlotte’s Web does not have a real pig and I knew that going in. I was bummed about that but only until the play started. The small cast did double duty as both the human and livestock characters and they did it seamlessly. The 2 hour play (with 15 minute intermission) was well done and entertaining. I really was not sure if Henry would make it through the whole thing but he was fully entertained. Worth mentioning were the creative ways the cast made the play interactive for the audience. Kids had three different opportunites to get out of their seats and help the cast. I did not expect that and it really made the play special.
As I mentioned the Arden is family friendly. Need to escape during the show? There are stairs in the back of each seating section that take you to the lobby. For parking there is a small lot directly across from The Arden Theater ($18). They don’t pack them in and it is pretty easy to get in and out. Street parking is available but Old City is a hot little spot on some nights so I would not count on it. You can always check out the parking on the Market Street Bridge as a back up option.
For a bite after the show the Continental down the street is swanky looking put not so much that is turns its nose up at kids. They are more than happy to serve chocolate milk over martinis when the clientele calls for it. The plates are big enough to share and the mountain of shoestring fries is impressive enough to keep them busy for a while. You will see plenty of other theater goers there as well.
If you miss this show be sure to check out Robin Hood coming this Spring.