Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Feb. 27 2011

It's been a long time since I was five, so I’m not the best audience for Frances Limoncelli's adaptation of the 1996 book by Eileen Spinelli, about a lonely man who works at a shoelace factory. But judging by the faces of the children seated onstage, it's pretty delightful. Ann Boyd's extroverted staging is humorous--except when the mercurial Mr. Hatch retreats to his emotional hidey-hole--and George Howe's musically sophisticated songs get their points across, though sometimes those points get beaten to death. For grown-ups this is a cheerful rather than witty experience, a la Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood; children older than eight might find it a bit dull. But if you're somewhere between three and seven, this is a pleasant hour's entertainment. --Laura Molzahn

Price: $12

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