See it if you want to be a kid at the theater again, yelling and shouting back at characters, laughing and enjoying a great cast of all ages.
Don't see it if You want your fairytales as they were in the storybook.
See it if You want to see a new spin on an old fairy tale. Love the references to the LES!
Don't see it if You don’t like going to shows with kids in the audience. Interactive and noisy.
"As a newcomer to the genre, I was instantly converted by this funny, big-hearted and utterly charming production, and I hope it will set an example for local family programming for many holidays to come...The show keeps a light touch when it comes to pointed references, preferring to deliver a message of inclusion and generosity — along with copious helpings of delectably terrible puns, of course. Fine, Britain, you win: We will have panto."
"Many shows for kids preach diversity, community and acceptance, but the gleeful, glittery and gangly 'Jack & the Beanstalk' embodies those qualities...Although it's a bit too long and frequently messy, 'Jack & the Beanstalk' rarely droops, thanks to David Quinn's glorious costumes, plenty of audience interaction and a variety of exuberant performances. If you’re a culture-loving lefty...this inclusive and exuberant mayhem will leave you overjoyed and hopeful for the battles to come."
"For children’s theatre, this production is on the longer side at just under two hours (with intermission), but remains engaging throughout. There is flash, charm, and interaction for the younger audience, and cleverly crafted entendre to keep an older audience entertained...Most importantly for a family show, the diversity onstage – performers of different sizes, abilities, ethnicities, ages, gender identities, etc. – expresses the spirit of the community in which the play is produced."
“The musical shares with much political theatre and current burlesque a semi-amateur, homemade character, which proves endearing and fun as long as the script keeps things moving...At a few points the drama puttered to a stop. It doesn’t help that Fraser’s writing lacks bite...Coming to the rescue are the delightfully outlandish costumes, the iconic pop tunes for which Fraser has fashioned new lyrics, and the cast’s uniformly excellent singing."