Best Summer Ever @ Children’s Theatre Company with Kevin Kling
I didn’t know anything about The Best Summer Ever except that it was written by Kevin Kling and I am a huge fan.
Here he is On Being interviewed by Krista Tippet. CLICK HERE
From his website
Kevin Kling is a well-known playwright and storyteller, and his commentaries can be heard on NPR’s All Things Considered. His plays and adaptations have been performed around the world. He lives in Minneapolis.
I saw Best Summer Ever last night.
People who know me- my very special needs makes sitting very difficult. I don’t often go to the theater or concerts or movies or readings. This is the most engaging piece of theater that I have seen in years. Kevin Kling, who people might know from NPR essays stars in this almost one-person show about how summer is experienced through the eyes of an early elementary kid, Morris (named for Maurice Chevalier.) Quoting my notes “Brilliant, suspenseful storytelling” Did I mention that Morris has a smart big sister, a if-there-is-trouble look for big brother Marv, and a pet chicken named Joyce.
AND if you need a laugh in these troubled times, this play fits the bill. The minimalist set calls to mind a suburban back yard– webbed lawn chairs, weber grill, that red wagon (some kind of flyer?) There are backdrop graphics that range from animated cartoons, child-like drawings, and Hans Christian Anderson paper-cut puppets.
And a jack-of-all trades musician, Victor Zupanc provided mood, music, sound effects, sing-alongs, emphasis, and audio puns. (really just go, you will thank me) He plays percussion, bells, cymbals, guitar, the open strings of the broken underneath of a piano (?) chimes, accordion, chimes, kazoo, and various brass instruments.
Definitely for kids and their families. About 2nd grad and up. Kevin was not only engaging but had a joyful spontaneity when interrupted by young audience members. It was great fun watching him improvise and use a suggestion from one of the front rows without missing a beat.
Outside Minnesota? – we have a downstairs walkout with its own bathroom. Reserve now.