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Massachusetts duo Laura Josephs and Jonathan Mirin bring a cautionary environmental tale in the form of a 45-minute production that features singing, dancing, audience participation and some clever props.
Farmer James’s bees have flown the proverbial coop, and he recalls/reenacts the series of events that led to their departure — namely, replacing existing crops and natural landscapes with an increasing amount of corn, using chemicals to kill weeds and pests in his corn fields, feeding the bees corn syrup and more. He’s eventually able to bring the bees back by diversifying his crops and flora and discontinuing harmful pesticide treatments.
Mirin (as Farmer James) and Josephs (as everyone else) engage the audience throughout, handing out protest signs, running between the aisles, enlisting kids to help re-plant the farm on stage and getting the crowd to shout, buzz and sing along.
Their environmental message about the dangers of big crops and toxins is a valuable one, albeit one that doesn’t always translate for the younger audience member.
Overall the production (with Q&A afterwards) eventually felt a touch long and stretched out — the buzz that had started the show, like the bees, had left the hive.