REVIEW: ‘Puss in Boots’ scores having characters and kids interact

The review was written by Lawrance Bernabo for the Duluth News Tribune on January 20, 2019.

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When a swashbuckling Puss in Boots, voiced by Antonio Banderas, showed up in Shrek 2 and stole the show with his sultry Spanish accent and really big eyes, a star was born. However, the Puss in Boots animated film that followed had absolutely nothing to do with the original European fairy tale.

The original adaptation of Puss in Boots, written and developed by the Duluth Playhouse’s Theatre for Young Audiences ensemble that opened Saturday afternoon (Januar 19) at the Depot Theatre is faithful to that original tale (or should that be “tail”?).

The life-sized Puss in the lobby with the face cutouts so kiddies can have their pictures taken is clearly the Puss in Boots from the movies, so when Puss appears on stage in a rather charming costume recreation of the screen version, we are not surprised at all that there is a Spanish lilt to his voice.

Jacob Lindig, who previously played the title role in TYA’s The Cat in Hat,  functions as the story’s narrator and also got the kiddies revved up with his curtain speech. From start to finish he had the audience in the palm of his paw.

The basic story is that Chuck, the Miller’s son, inherits a cat who happens to talk. Chuck provides Puss with boots (and a hat and belt), and Puss sets out to help Chuck get a job dancing and a princess (not necessarily in that order).

One of the hallmarks of these shows are the interactions between the characters and the audience. As Chuck, Ted Webster tried to get the audience to come up with a job he could do. Chuck wanted to be a dancer and so that is exactly what the kids thought he should do, which is rather sweet.

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  • When:  February 2 & 3, 2019
  • Showtimes: Saturday @ 1pm & 4pm // Sunday @ 2pm
  • Where: The Playhouse Family Theatre at the Depot (506 W. Michigan St., Duluth MN 55802)
  • Tickets: Standard – $17 // Youth – $15
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