Leave it to the Children's Theatre Company to wring a winner out of Shrek onstage. The delightful production features impressive work from top to bottom, from Kate Sutton-Johnson's fairytale sets to Denise Prosek's pinpoint musical direction.
[jump] Best of all, we get Reed Sigmund and Autumn Ness as Shrek and Princess Fiona. As individuals, they bring out not just the comedy of the roles, but also all of their flaws and foibles. The pair, who are a couple off the stage as well, have tons of chemistry together, which makes you really root for them to get together (even though we all know they will in the end).
The secondary characters get their due as well. Ansa Akyea makes the strutting and talkative-to-the-point-of-annoying Donkey his own, while Adam Qualls makes the best of his moments as the short-of-stature Lord Farquaad. The same goes for Lauren Davis, who brings the fiery Dragon to roaring life.
Director Peter Rothstein takes these strong individual performances, melds them with the hard-working chorus (who, along with other roles, each get to play displaced fairytale characters and the robotic denizens of Duloc), and gives the whole show an endearing vibe that makes Shrek the Musical a strong and entertaining reason to get out of the house.
IF YOU GO:
Shrek The Musical
Through June 15
Children's Theatre Company
2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis
For tickets and more information, call 612.874.0400 or visit online.