Arden Theatre Co.
Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106. For tickets, call 215.922.1122.
Now to June 12th
On Friday we got to see the Arden Theatre Co.’s latest production: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales based on the book by JON SCIESZKA and LANE SMITH. We did not read the book so I really did not know what to expect. All I knew going in was that it was 1 hour and 15 minutes with no intermission.
Arden plays never disappoint on their creativity and ability to keep my boys attention. Arden plays always have an element of fun and audience participation but this play takes it to a whole new level. Arden’s version of The Stinky Cheese Man is incredibly funny… dare I say hilarious.
Arden does for classic fairy tales what Jimmy Fallon has done for late night.
From Chicken Little to Cinderella and its ugly step-sisters that are played by the male cast members these fairy tales have taken on a whole new life. The play consist of the highlights from various fairy tales that are a little mishmashed which keeps the kids on their toes. The kids are able to recognize the stories right away but realize that the story is taking on a new personality and energy that a book just can’t give you (sorry). I always think that Arden does a great job of creating costumes that represent the outline of a character. Chicken Licken has this wonderful, Pinterest worthy, fringe cape-let made from strips of fabric. (I put that in the mental DIY Halloween costume vault for later) The final act is of course the man of the hour (or hour and 15 minutes)…. The Stinky Cheese Man. There is also an ah-mazing remix of Drake’s Hot Line Bing and Run The World with hair dryers that you are no going to want to miss.
At the end of the play the performers always take questions from the kids in the audience. If you get a chance ask them to show you how the Giant’s hand works. If you are an ambitious, DIY, overconfident “Oh I can recreate that” mom like me you will love it. I literally spent the next 10 minutes figuring out where in their life the boys needed a moving Giant’s hand so I had a reason to make this. I promise you I will find a place in our lives for this project.
So we loved the play and the boys are still talking about it. Out of the blue Ollie has been repeating lines from The Little Red Hen in the accent of a really tough, New York, old woman’s accent. I picked the wheat. I ground the wheat… and so on.
Sadly, that is all I can tell you because I don’t want to spoil the play for you.
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Don’t forget… kids get a chance to meet and great the performers after the show!