Meet Finkelzeus, the Meadow’s wimpiest troll, who would rather knit and sing than do what trolls do — eat people. He meets perky human Jenny (performed by a sparkling Rebecca Horvey), who loans him her "creativity hat," thus empowering him to stand up to his bullying father and brother Pagel. By the end of the 45-minute show, he also gains courage to woo the troll of his dreams, warbling away to keyboardist/composer Thomas King’s effective live accompaniment.
Playwright Tony D’Alessandro’s winsome puppet musical tale is a quickly paced show about building self-confidence. But it’s also a gentle ode to the power of imagination, with the large troll puppets both fearsome and lovable. At times the plot wanders and the actors’ spoken lines can’t be heard through their gauzy masks. And why are the requisite bodily function (i.e. fart and poop) jokes always synonymous with kids’ entertainment?
Still the non-furry, younger members in the audience appeared to have a good time — chuckling merrily away in a way that’s always the true test of show’s success.
— Holly Harris