A Year With Frog and Toad | Ruth Page Center for the Arts | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

A Year With Frog and Toad The Short List (Theater) Recommended Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 24 2013

Based on Arnold Lobel's beloved series of children's books, this 2002 musical by brothers Robert and Willie Reale zips through four seasons of mild adventures involving the titular amphibians. They plant seeds, go swimming, rake leaves, and go sledding. Most of the time, Frog ends up having to calm Toad—a worrywart with warts—during one of his panic attacks. In Henry Godinez's charming staging for Chicago Children's Theatre, Karl Hamilton's levelheaded Frog and Mark David Kaplan's exuberantly neurotic Toad come across, perhaps inadvertently, as an excellent example of a happily committed same-sex couple. Geoffrey Curley's gypsy-caravan set, Rachel Anne Healy's clever costumes, and Tommy Rapley's vaudevillian choreography recall Lobel's playful, old-timey illustrations without slavishly recreating them. —Zac Thompson

Price: $25-$38

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