Encores! Off-Center presents this bittersweet family musical featuring a book and lyrics by kid-lit icon Maurice Sendak, and music by 10-time Grammy winner Carole King. More…
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See it if young talent is very good. songs are fine 65 minutes worked with the young audience sound system works great
Don't see it if The production should be advertised as a "Children's. show".. Maybe an entire series just for families???
See it if you’re charmed by children acting precocious and a little hammy. Kids (in the audience) in front of me seemed to have fun. All-child cast.
Don't see it if you’re unwilling to lower your standards for child actors. You expect a show that visually references Sendak’s illustrative style.
See it if To an individual the entire child cast is superb and multitalented; happy to see so many families attend
Don't see it if The caliber of the creatives (from their other work) did not seem to translate into a coherent book or musical in this specific case
See it if you are five years old and want to see other kids on stage
Don't see it if you want a coherent story, or don't want to see a bunch of kids acting like silly kids. Not a show for grownups
See it if you have a kid and want to see talented kids? Even then I feel like there are better options.
Don't see it if You don't want to be surrounded by small children with terrible theater etiquette to see what's basically a middle school musical.
See it if you feel that you must take your children to a kiddy show.
Don't see it if Your an adult with little patience for a show that feels like your at a community theatre.
See it if You like revivals of 1970s children's programming. You're a devoted Sendak fan. You want to see a special needs actor included seamlessly.
Don't see it if Kids grate on you. The music mostly holds up, but the story is slow and confusing. Lots of hammy kids.
See it if Precocious kids hogging the spot light make you happy. These kids can sing but don't have a lot of depth
Don't see it if You want subtle and interesting characterizations. This is a kids show. And not a great one
See it if You have a young child who aspires to act/sing/dance or you want to inspire them to want to have a vivid imagination.
Don't see it if If you want a plot that resonates and memorable music or don't want an audience of active, vocal children.
See it if For nostalgia's sake or you have kids to bring along. For kids, by kids. Cheesy, silly. Children's theater on the Encores! stage. 70min show
Don't see it if Don't like kids and/or aren't a fan of children's theater. Want a big spectacle or a show w/ a solid plot. Wasn't what I expect from Encores
See it if You are a child, or have fond memories of this from your childhood.
Don't see it if You aren't already a fan of the show, a child, or a fan of kids' theater. Sendak & King don't stint on cutesy; 70 minutes are plenty.
See it if you want to expose your children to theater with a short and accessible kid's show.
Don't see it if you are expecting Encore's usually intelligent and thoughtful pick - this is for a totally different audience.
See it if You are under the age of ten or have children under the age of ten.
Don't see it if You are somewhat mature and don't have any children to take. The show is cute, but is purely a children's show.
See it if you have kids, want fun for the entire family, enjoy short and quirky shows, and if you loved the cartoon short film
Don't see it if you aren't a fan of kid shows or Carole King music, you like more traditional musicals, or you want a thought-provoking evening.