The Cat in the Hat

The best part of The Cat in the Hat according to my son was “the funny parts.” When I asked him which parts were funny he said “all of them.” From the laughter in the audience throughout the show, he is in good company.

The Cat in the Hat follows the book very closely in story and feel. Scenery and costumes look as though they were plucked right form the book and avid readers of The Cat in the Hat will be able to speak many lines right along with the actors. It’s a very energetic show nearly from the very beginning with big fun, big messes, and, of course, big laughs. For those not as familiar with the story, Sally, her brother, and their pet fish are left alone at home on a dull, rainy day. They are bored and miserable until the Cat in the Hat shows up with Thing One and Thing Two.

Sally and her brother have a fabulous time making a mess of anything and everything with their visitors while the fish frets about what Mother would think. Adventure Theatre-MTC does an excellent job of not shying away from the parts of the story that pose a challenge portraying in live theater, such as having the Cat in the Hat balance everything from a cake to books to a toy ship all while standing on a ball.

The talking fish, portrayed by an actor with a hand puppet, was a favorite with my kids. The Cat in the Hat nails the character and will not disappoint fans of his antics on the printed page. The show is high-action with only a couple of moments in slow-motion for effect so there is little chance of anyone, big or old, getting bored with the show.

The Cat in the Hat is recommended for recommended for all ages. My two year old and five year old both enjoyed the show tremendously. Anyone who loves, or has ever loved reading The Cat in the Hat will revel in seeing the timeless tale brought to live so expertly.

If you go, Adventure Theatre is located in Glen Echo Park. The Cat in the Hat runs to September 2, 2013. The show runs approximately 45 minutes, making it manageable for families that include young children. Tickets are $19.00 for everyone one and up. Tickets can be purchased online at www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org or by calling 301-634-2270.

There is plenty of free parking at Glen Echo, but be sure to allot five to ten minutes to walk from the parking lot to the theatre, which is located at the far end of the park. The path from the parking lot to the theater is completely flat and stroller-friendly. There is a designated stroller parking. The theatre has general admission seating, but with only seven rows arranged in a semi-circle around the stage there are no bad seats in the house. An intimate experience is guaranteed with any seat so there is no need to plan on arriving much before show time to ensure a good seat, but if the theatre is packed you may not be able to sit with a large group if you arrive late.

If you see The Cat in the Hat on a nice day be sure to take advantage of Glen Echo’s playground and historic carousel before or after the show.

As the Cat in the Hat says “It’s fun to have fun but you have to know how.” Now you know how to spend a fun afternoon!

Photo: Alison Cenname as Thing 1 and Cassie Cope as Thing 2, Rick Hammerly as The Cat, Tyler Herman as the Boy, Jessica Shearer as Sally and Thing 2. Photo by Mike Horan

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