I have always been a fan of Roald Dahl and while Fantastic Mr. Fox is not one of my top favorites (top fav goes to Matilda, which I have just learned has just been brought to broadway) it was a fairly good read and I decided to take Q to watch the staging of it when SRT decided to run it this theatre season.
The show is basically a retelling of the book: Mr Fox doing his best- and finally succeeding; in outwitting three devious farmers whom he has been stealing from to feed his starving family and other digger, underground living creatures like the badgers, moles and rabbits.
The story wasn’t particular complicated and Q (2.5yo) managed to comfortably follow the story line, the show was a tad long (90min) and towards the second half, I felt every minute of it.
However, the whole place was filled with primary school and kindergarten kids who made a ton of noise (they were prompted to boo the farmers at the start) that spoiled the whole show for me since it made it hard to hear what was happening and their teacher’s constant shushing did nothing to help. The sound crew did a poor job with the microphones and the first lines of each many characters were lost; we were seated fairly near so we could sort of hear what was happening.
I think this show is pretty good for older kids, unless you have a little one that can sit for the duration of the show.
From the SRT website:
This November, SRT’s The Little Company presents Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl – the world’s favourite children’s author. Adapted for stage by David Wood, Fantastic Mr Fox is a classic tale of goodies and baddies. It is an inspiring story about the brave Mr Fox who devises a plan to steal food from three mean farmers in order to feed his family. The farmers, Boggis, Bunce and Bean, try to get Mr Fox by any means possible. But with the help of his family and his friend, the Badger, Mr Fox outsmarts the farmers at every turn. Filled with humour and packed with action, this is a fantastic show to be enjoyed by children of all ages.