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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

In ‘Heart Strings,’ the Ties That Bind a Family (and a Culture) by Laurel Graeber

Atlantic for Kids’ new play explores sibling relationships, using the delicate weavings of a Hawaiian craft.

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

‘A Perfect Party’ That Celebrates All Its Guests by Laurel Graeber

Trusty Sidekick Theater Company has created an outdoor adventure for young people on the autism spectrum.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2021

A Puppet Festival Returns to New York, All Grown Up by Laurel Graeber

Opening with five days of in-person performances, the International Puppet Fringe Festival NYC also includes streaming productions and an exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Exploring Race and Resistance for Young Audiences by Laurel Graeber

A Harriet Tubman monologue, an animated “Sit-In” and a toy theater short about medical inequity deliver useful messages through varied mediums.

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

While Theaters Are Dark, These Virtual Stages Deliver Actual Fun by Laurel Graeber

From shows based on children’s books to productions that introduce children to global cultures, companies are offering a range of options.

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Considering Camp? Bunkmates Are Out, but Creativity Reigns by Laurel Graeber

There may not be group hikes and s’mores, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be adventure, songs, comedy, art and dance. Here are some programs taking place online.

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Can Puppets Save the World From Extinction? by Laurel Graeber

Two new productions use everyday materials and artistic ingenuity to gently warn young audiences of the perils of climate change.

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Review: Sweet Bear, Sticky Situation in ‘Paddington Gets in a Jam’ by Laurel Graeber

Despite a meanspirited neighbor — spoiler alert! — things work out just fine.

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Monday, October 14, 2019

‘The Pout-Pout Fish’ Review: A Grouch Gets Back in the Swim by Laurel Graeber

TheaterWorksUSA has brought a best-selling children’s book series to the stage in a bubbly, puppet-filled musical.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Review: ‘Dog Man: The Musical’ Celebrates a Cop Who Sniffs Out Crime by Laurel Graeber

The bizarro, irreverent world of Dav Pilkey, the creator of the Captain Underpants books, has been deftly translated to the Lucille Lortel Theater’s stage.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Critic’s Notebook: Two Timely Takes on Hans Christian Andersen’s Tales by Laurel Graeber

These classics, performed at Theater Row, are not holiday stories per se, but they have much to say about greed and goodness.

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Review: In ‘Seedfolks,’ Harvesting Hope and Humanity in a Community Garden by Laurel Graeber

A 9-year-old planting lima beans helps a community question assumptions, in this family theater work based on a young-adult novel by Paul Fleischman.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Review: ‘Pete the Cat,’ a Kitty Rocker Who Refuses to Be a Pet by Laurel Graeber

For its free summer theater program, Theatreworks USA has adapted a children’s book series featuring a laid-back, guitar-playing feline hero.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Review: A ‘Rudolph’ for Inclusion (at Least if You’re a Guy) by Laurel Graeber

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical,” at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, has bucks as well as does, but its message of equality is not fully realized.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Review: Put on a Vest. Summon Magic. Beware of Moles. Save an Island. by Laurel Graeber

In “Pip’s Island,” an interactive theater piece, children travel through a dozen installations as they assist adult actors in saving a magical realm.

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Billy Kelly Does Stand-Up You Can Take Your Kids To by Laurel Graeber

Mr. Kelly, who performs stand-up that some have found offensively clean, is celebrating his latest project, “My First Comedy Album,” in shows this weekend.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Review: When the Penguins Come Home to Roost by Laurel Graeber

“Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” at the New Victory Theater, stars life-size puppets as the creatures that upend a sedate couple’s lives — and warm their hearts.

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

‘Squirrel Stole My Underpants,’ and Therein Hangs a Tale by Laurel Graeber

Bonnie Duncan uses a clothesline as both set and plot device in this solo family show about a battle of wits between a little girl and a mischievous rodent.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Review: Sagas, Swashbuckling and Scheherazade in ‘1001 Nights’ by Laurel Graeber

Robert Lopez, a songwriter for “Frozen,” and Adam Koplan created this Atlantic for Kids adaptation, an exuberant musical with both actors and puppets.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Review: In ‘Little Red’s Hood,’ Tweets, Sweets and a Wolf on the Way to Grandma’s by Laurel Graeber

This City Parks Foundation production at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater in Central Park features a clever update of the fairy tale.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Review: Junie B. Jones, the Raging Bull of First Grade by Laurel Graeber

This year’s Theatreworks USA free summer production, at the Lucille Lortel Theater, is based on “Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School.”

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Review: Lady Liberty Steps Off Her Pedestal to Sing by Laurel Graeber

“Liberty: A Monumental New Musical,” by Dana Leslie Goldstein and Jon Goldstein, brings historical figures and one statue to life at 42West.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Review: ‘Wringer,’ a Musical Adaptation of Jerry Spinelli’s Book by Laurel Graeber

This adaptation by New York City Children’s Theater stays true to the novel’s premise but, unlike the book, is full of comedy.

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Review: ‘That Physics Show,’ Where Newton Meets Nitrogen by Laurel Graeber

Family theater in this case means graphic, high-speed and sometimes fiery demonstrations of the laws of physics.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Review: ‘The Pirate La Dee Da,’ a Tale of a Runaway Princess by Laurel Graeber

This Atlantic for Kids production at the Linda Gross Theater packs in surprises while offering lessons on gender roles and income inequality.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Review: ‘Young Charles Dickens’ Musically Mixes Fact and Fiction by Laurel Graeber

The show, by New York City Children’s Theater, finds some characters conceived as real people in the author’s life.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Review: ‘Commedia Rapunzel,’ With a Bit of Seasonal Spice by Laurel Graeber

This family play that borrows from the commedia dell’arte tradition has donned holiday garb and been adapted since its New York International Fringe Festival appearance.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Review: Rockettes in ‘Radio City Christmas Spectacular’ by Laurel Graeber

The Rockettes once again are kicking off the holiday season at Radio City Music Hall, with a few new flourishes.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Review: ‘Skippyjon Jones Snow What’ Continues Tale of a Conflicted Cat by Laurel Graeber

The Siamese cat who believes he’s a Chihuahua has another musical adventure at the Lucille Lortel Theater.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Theater Review | 'Freckleface Strawberry the Musical': An Ugly Duckling Gets Her Ginger Up Over Fitting In by LAUREL GRAEBER

A new musical based on the children’s book by the actress Julianne Moore teaches that differences, like a peppering of freckles, add spice to the world.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Review: Flip FabriQue’s Other-Worldly ‘Catch Me!’ by Laurel Graeber

The French Canadian troupe bounced, whirled, juggled and defied gravity in its performance at the New Victory theater.

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