Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi

On Sunday we took Mr. S to his very first play. The Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken performed a production of The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi, which is a less-violent adaptation of the classic Rudyard Kipling story. Since Rikki Tikki Tavi is one of S's very favorite stories (yep, I've read it to him a million times and never skip over the snake slaying parts), we couldn't pass up the chance to see this play.

Four actors played the five characters (Rikki Tikki, Darzee, Chuchu, Nag and Teddy), one actor played both Nag, the cobra and Teddy, the little boy. The acting was quite fine and the costumes and set were marvelous. It was a very small, intimate theatre, packed full of kids. We sat on the side of the stage at first, but just before the show we moved to the floor in the center front.

Unfortunately, no photography was allowed during the play itself, for obvious reasons. So you'll just have to take my word on the beautiful India-inspired costumes. Although, there's a review of this play in the Star Ledger that has a great picture of the actors in all their glory.

We all thoroughly enjoyed this production and S, though one of the youngest kids in the audience, was captivated throughout the entire 55 minute play. He hardly moved a muscle in my lap and laughed in all the right places. Afterward, the actors came out and took questions from the audience, and I was so proud of my little guy and his great question. He was too shy to ask it so Mr. T asked for him. He wanted to know where Nag's wife Nagaina was. If you're familiar with this story then you know Nagaina ends up being a bigger threat than Nag and is an important part of the story. The playwright, Y York, chose to leave her out. One of the actors said this was for a gentler, less-violent play geared toward children. The play was still very good without her, but I would have liked that character to have been included.

I've read Rikki Tikki since the play and have been enjoying my own little mongoose running around the apartment, keeping it clear of cobras.

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