The Grasshopper and the AuntPantomime is a proud European tradition that I'm happy to see gaining a foothold in the U.S., thanks to theatrical funsters like James Peck, Amy Tetzlaff, Alyssa Hughlett and Sarah Peters, the team behind The Grasshopper and the Aunt, the holiday show now playing at the Arcata Playhouse. As with any good panto, this production is based around a fable (work hard and you will succeed), but with an added twist — in this case, don't forget to have fun along the way.
Dell'Arte's 37th annual touring production is a delightful take on a familiar story of good triumphing over evil, with plenty of magic and other shenanigans along the way. Director Michael Fields and the cast of third-year students have taken Hans Christian Andersen's original Snow Queen story and compressed it down to a little over an hour, excising a few of the darkest elements in favor of some welcome comic relief.
Plays offer a look into a different era, with modern productions taking on material written centuries ago. But Pippin affords a chance to see a dual track on that: The era in which it was first staged is the early 1970s. To see it now is a glimpse into that era, but also into a different era of theater, one that was considered a bit revolutionary. Pippin itself is set during the 8th century, in the court of Charlemagne, King of the Franks. Except, well, it isn't really.
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