Theatre Review: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Alexander is having one of those days where everything goes wrong. At breakfast, there’s no toy at the bottom of HIS cereal box. At school, the teacher keeps telling him to sit down and be quiet. And not only is Alexander having a bad day… so are the other kids on the playground.

(excerpt from play)

This play is a funny, kid’s eye view of a day Alexander would rather forget. It unfolds through loosely related episodes, with singing and dancing. The show also features a largely professional cast, nicely arranged music, and clever costumes, including a very large, dancing orange kangaroo. There’s also a fine performance by actor Paul Wyatt, who has curly hair and bright eyes and really gets into the title role. Kids age 9 and under will find lots they can identify with.
But I wouldn’t rank this as one of the Children’s Theater’s very best shows.  Plotwise, it’s a day in the life, rather than a story with a clear climax. And while the music’s well arranged, the words and melodies don’t really stick with you afterwards. It’s a nice ride, but it’s probably not a show that will linger in your kids’ memory for a long time. “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” continues at the B Street Theatre through June 5th. Jeff Hudson, KXJZ News.