There’s nothing like a fierce ogre to inject some energy into a slightly plodding local production of a fairy tale. Daniel Gilmour has great villainous zeal as the beast who terrorizes the townsfolk in Puss in Boots, filling the theatre with his voice without crossing the too-scary line.
We’re in the realm of earnest, rather stiff community theatre here. Kids in the audience were engaged, but hardly swept away, by the 50-minute tale narrated by a clever pussycat (Jordan Hrynkiw, who could be more feline and perhaps vary her high-pitched voice). Director John Chase’s production by a 12-member amateur cast lacks invention, could use some song and dance, and earned few solid laughs.
The puss devises a plan to trick the ogre and ensure that the miller’s son can marry the local princess. It would be nice to see the princess given more to do than be pretty and wait for wedding bells.
— Alison Mayes