By KIM HWANG
AAP staff columnist
MINNEAPOLIS (July 4, 2013) — “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” continues to play at the Minneapolis Children’s Theater until July 21.
Diane Andrews-Francisco, mother of three children (with a Bachelor of Arts degree in German from the University of Minnesota) stated, “It reminded me of a children’s version of the, Three Stooges.” She was right. The actors used a broad range of props to ensue mock accidents, which sent children in the audience roaring with laughter.
Children, throughout the ninety-minute play chuckled, as Dean Holt (the mouse) and Reed Sigmund (the boy) engaged in a silly interplay of props and haphazard acrobats to invoke the audience in unparalleled and imaginative play. Viewing the play through the girl’s eyes helped me remind me of the humor and silliness that we sometimes lose as adults.
Annabelle Andrews (10 year old) was impressed at the bright, fluorescent and colored kitchen backdrop. The soon to be 5th grader enjoyed the ongoing action, which unfolded in each skit. The drama of the chase held children’s attention and engaged them in several parts of the show. Annabelle also shared, “Tell readers that it made all of the kids laugh.” Meanwhile, her sister Roselyn Andrews (6 years old) was unequivocally stunned throughout the hilarious comedy at the eccentricities of the actors. Having sat near both of them, nothing seemed to break Rosalynn’s attention.
When I asked the Andrews-Francisco family if they enjoyed the sh ow, their smiles were all I needed to see that it was a hit.