Theatre Review: "The Emperor's New Clothes"

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, April 10, 2006

“The Emperor’s New Clothes” is at the Children's Theatre of California (B Street Theatre) through May 21st.  

This is a story about a young emperor, new to the throne. And he’s making changes, right away. Like getting rid of the bureaucratic lifestyle favored by his departed dad.

(excerpt from play)

The problem with this headstrong monarch is that he only listens to people who tell him what he wants to hear. This continues to be a problem with certain leaders, even in the present day, which makes this tale timeless. Playwright Richard Hellesen adds to the fun by dressing up the story a la early Hollywood – grownups will recognize references to the Keystone Kops and the Marx Brothers. Your kids won’t get those historical angles, but they’ll still think the show is funny. And everyone can enjoy actor Dave Pierini’s marvelously mannered performance in the title role – he’s goofy enough to get the young’ uns giggling, but insidiously sophisticated enough to tickle the middle-aged funnybone as well.