Marriott Theatre In Lincolnshire
Chicago Reader- Recommended
"...the story is well told, well acted, and well sung. Jameson Cooper makes a great—and surprising graceful—comic foil/goofy friend to Summer Naomi Smart's elegant princess. And Alex Goodrich pulls off the difficult trick of being both initially hilarious and later heroic as the prince who awakens the princess."
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Centerstage- Highly Recommended
"... Forget the Grimm Brothers, Charles Perrault or Walt Disney’s fairy tale versions of this story. Marc Robin writes for today’s kids in his updated musical that features all the original whimsy, but is spiced up with contemporary dialogue and positive themes. It’s the perfect way to enjoy an hour of air-conditioned comfort (but consider staying afterwards for the childen to enjoy a cast meet-and-greet and have their questions answered in a short, polished talk-back)."
Chicago Stage Standard- Recommended
"... Clever, creative and quite witty I would call the Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences adaptation of "Sleeping Beauty". We all know the story right? In a far away land there is a young princess born and she has this spell cast upon her from an evildoer at birth. When she turns 16 she will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and fall asleep forever. Her only saving grace is to find a prince to kiss her and bring her back to life. Anyway you look at it they all live happily ever after."
Sally Jo Osborne
Around The Town Chicago- Recommended
"... Children’s theater is a very important part of our cultural growth. By having live theater that children can experience, we give them the thirst and hunger for more of the same, and once they grow up with live theater, they will continue to expand their minds and hearts with more into adulthood. Our regional theaters play a big part in getting the job done. Last week, Chicago Shakespeare is where we experience a lovely version of “Beauty and the Beast”. Today, my grand daughter Sarah and I experience the new version of “Sleeping Beauty” at Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre- a super experience for me as well as her. Sarah, being four has not read “Sleeping Beauty” in any version or has she seen the animated film, so her mind was fresh and open for Marc Robin’s 60 minute telling of the story."
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