The irony of Naughty Little Children is that it is the kids’ day-care instructor who is behaving badly.
Oh sure, Lucy, who set up her own day care out of financial necessity, is well meaning and she looks harmless in her maybe too low-cut red dress. The trouble is that the failed folksinger’s songs or lessons inevitably take a sharp turn into sexual inappropriateness for her young charges. Perhaps it’s the booze in her teacup talking.
As performed by the engaging Chelsea Manders, Naughty Little Children is a benign diversion but it wears thin owing to its reliance for 60 minutes on one repeated joke about the unravelling Lucy losing control. Some of her songs are cute but as she says to her class/audience, "We had a lot of fun and no one died."
(Review by Kevin Prokosh based on Montreal performance)
From the official Fringe program:
Lucy, a sexy, failed folkie, opens a daycare and you’re all invited to re-live the thrill of being a child and having no free will.
A hilarious comedy of witty, naughty songs and salacious banter from writer/performer Chelsea Manders (as seen on CTV/Comedy Network, CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival, "Best of Fest" Gala Canadian Comedy Awards).
Directed by Naomi Snieckus (Second City).
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language,
RECOMMENDED: Mature Audience
Venue#4 Onstage at the Playhouse 180 Market Ave (Entrance on John Hirsch Pl)
Discount Tickets: $6 for Matinees, Students, Fringe Performers, Fringe Volunteers
Under 13 not admitted.