For the 15th consecutive season, Axis Company presents this holiday show for children, an interactive production based on the classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. More…
Set just before the holidays on a snowy winter day, 'Seven in One Blow' tells the story of a child who kills seven flies with a single swat and makes a belt to commemorate the deed. As he travels about, most people think his belt refers to seven people—so they assign him all kinds of difficult tasks. Along the way, interesting lessons are learned by all. In this interactive production, children in the audience are encouraged to help the kid on his journey with singing and organized shout-outs. Appropriate for ages 4 and up.
for a previous production "Genuinely sweet, heart-warming, and heart-filling hour of theatre...'Seven in One Blow' never feels like medicine, not for a second. It's played out in the same eccentric, vaguely avant-garde, lightly multimedia, deeply humanist style that characterizes all of Axis's work...The show is filled with music, physical comedy, pop culture and music allusions for the grown-ups, and talking- and singing-along for the youngsters...Axis Company ensemble members play their various roles to the hilt." Full Review
for a previous production "Axis has rewritten a classic Brothers Grimm tale for a modern, child-friendly audience. In doing so, however, they’ve traded satire and irony for a watered-down, happy-go-lucky version...The script’s attempt to engage a young audience with its goofy cast of characters and simplified story line...comes across as a cop out...'Seven in One Blow' isn’t the most memorable bit of children’s theater, but it does serve the purpose of a perfect holiday treat: sugary enough to be enjoyed in the moment." Full Review
See it if you have a kid for whom you would like to reinforce lessons of tolerance & understanding in a fun, live theater way.
Don't see it if you are an adult who has no interest in what might appeal to a very young audience.
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