That was the description that came from my husband and 8-year-old daughter after seeing the Wong Kids at Children’s Theatre. Both of them went into this performance a little on the tired and crabby side and feeling rushed and overwhelmed after a busy Saturday. They both came home energized and excited with a bunch of inside jokes between them.
The Children’s Theatre suggests this play is a little “Phineas and Ferb meets A Wrinkle in Time,” with some Monty Python thrown in for good measure. This play is recommended for ages 8 and up. This recommendation was pretty much right on. Much of the humor went over the heads of the younger audience. Even our 8-year-old missed quite a bit. There were also some mature themes and loud noises that could be scary. owever, there were younger children at the performance and they enjoyed it for the slapstick and grandness of the production. Nothing was overly scary.
The play explores themes that are particularly pertinent to older grade schoolers and young middle schoolers, such as individuality and respect for oneself and others. In particular, it is about being yourself as a unique individual even when you fear others might think you are weird; to not be afraid to do things just because of what others might think.
The actors owned their characters. Every one was very convincing. In particular Sasha Diamond as Violet really carried the show as she explored her teenaged demons. She fought the fear and allure of being “Nobody”. The Nobody scene was the favorite of my household. The use of sound and lights to set a scenes helped to make the play flow together creatively and flawlessly.
If you would like to download the graphic novel to go with the play, you can find it HERE. (Sorry, no longer available)
Children’s Theatre Company;2400 3rd Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55404Tickets $39.00 – $47.00
Recommended for Ages 8+ (Slider Graphic Courtesy of Children’s Theatre Company)