Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories | Ruth Page Center for the Arts | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories 

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 28 2017
Price: $39, $28 children
For decades, starting in the late 1960s, Eric Carle used a distinctive collage technique to illustrate his books for young children, including the three staged here by the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: The Very Hungry Caterpillar; Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; and Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me. Director/production designer Jim Morrow has done an impeccable job of expressing Carle's aesthetic with puppets. All is bright, beautiful, winsome, and deft. But if you go, be warned: This really is a kids' show. Adults can expect to get sweetly but certainly bored. Carle's books teach pre-K subjects like counting and colors, after all, and the only crisis is the stomachache the caterpillar gets from eating too much. It would be different if, say, the bear had a bad debt, a fast car, and a handgun. But he doesn't. —Tony Adler



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