The light board went out opening night, but Sabrina Kramnich as the title character--whose nickname is a contraction of "girl midget"--provided all the incandescence anyone could want, conveying with sensitivity and irresistible charm Gidget's desire to be one of the guys and win the heart of Moondoggie. Adapted by Terry McCabe and Marissa McKown and directed by McKown, the show is based on the book by Frederick Kohner, which was based on the adventures of his daughter Kathy, the first girl to join the "go-heads" surfing at Malibu in 1956. Snappy, effervescent, and lemonade-tart in parts (especially Carrie Hardin's delightful deadpan turn as Gidget's German immigrant mother), this is a light, uncloying kickoff to summer. a Through 6/3: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, City Lit Theater Company, Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr, 773-293-3682, $25.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Johnny Knight.