(photo credit: Rebecca Crown Auditorium)
In the lobby, before the show, women in leopard-print (sort of) suits are
distributing gumdrops. Some sort of promotion? Oh no! These are Granny’s
Gumdrops – the Chemical Cosh (Brit for “baton”), guaranteed to transform
children into biddable robots. The mayor uses them on the ruffianly, snot-nosed,
awful kids that have boiled into the city’s pristine park from the cockroach-
infested Bayou Mansions tenement where the Wolf “is always at the
1927’s brilliantly inventive, chuckle-provoking The Animals and
Children Took to the Streets combines Paul Barritt’s utterly extraordinary
rear projection animation with live action. Sue Appleby, Eleanor Buchan and Lewis
Barfoot share the larger-thanlife roles, among them the anarchic Zelda, the
oddball Caretaker, and Agnes Eaves for whom he longs from afar.
people interact with the animated characters, like Agnes with daughter Evie, or
the puff of animated dust swept up by the Caretaker’s real broom.
has read about the Bayou and has come with Evie to rescue its children,
convinced that all they need is love, but the Bayou is too much even for
There’s a definite nod to Brecht in this tribute to the people that
society likes to sweep under the rug. What’s best about People and Animals
that 1927 makes the point lightly and enchants us into the bargain.