In between packing our bags and surfing airbnb we took in a bit of theater. Got to say, this one is a winner.
Coming in at a mere forty minutes, The Pied Piper is a rather intense, dark, and altogether brilliant performance. It is also recommended for children ten and up for a reason (spoiler alert, it does not end well for the children). But even with a not so perfect ending, it still ends on a relatively hopeful note (the children live on, just in a strange land away from their greedy parents). The pop music is loud, the dancing good and you will be entertained.
I think though what I liked most about this play is that there is no filler. At forty minutes Pied Piper is a clever and thoughtful piece of entertainment. Expanding this to the standard kid’s show length of seventy-five minutes with fart jokes and innuendos would risk dulling the pipers tune. As it is now, the pipers tale is worth a listen to.
The Pied Piper is playing at the Strawdog Theatre (3829 N. Broadway) through June 30th. For more information or to purchase tickets ($15), go to strawdog.org. For my full review in Newcity, click here.