Robert Fulghum wrote a guide for living, one that applies equally to children and adults, about basic rules in society. He stipulated that we need to share, play fair, clean up our own messes, put things back where they belong, don’t take what isn’t ours and say we’re sorry if we hurt someone. Not fighting, taking an afternoon nap (after eating warm cookies and cold milk), enjoying the small wonders of every day life, remembering to work, play, dance, draw, sing and think, holding hands and sticking together, LOOKing and knowing that everything from goldfish to hamsters to people eventually die are further postulates.
Advice coupled under the heading “All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten” is now a delightful musical, conceived and adapted by Ernest Zulia, with music and lyrics by David Caldwell. Until Sunday, March 11, Playhouse on Park, 244 Park Road, West Hartford will be sharing this simple yet profound guide for grown ups as vignettes and life lessons to learn.
Let Jeff Horst, Richard Dennis Johnson, Scott Scaffidi, Megan Snyder and Denise Walker take your hand and hopscotch with you along the garden path to self- knowledge. When do we forget the eagerness and enthusiasm of the young who respond to every question with “Yes! Of Course I Can!”? This talented troupe will act out a unique Cinderella play where the child who wants to play a pig, and not the prince, wins the day.
We count to ten and then engage in an invigorating game of Hide and Seek, launch a helium balloon ride with a daredevil adventurer named Larry Walters, empathize with a heart-broken actor Charles Boyer when he loses his true love and imagine how a great composer like Beethoven could create symphonies when he had lost the ability to hear. And that’s just some of Act 1.
In Act II, we learn lessons about generations of fathers and sons, appreciate small wonders, neighborliness, Alzheimer’s disease and the power of love, religion, death and letting our inner child out. Joseph Keach-Longo directs this intriguing look into childhood, as a search for nugget of wisdom. Kevin Barlowski provides the soothing musical accompaniment on piano.
For tickets ($22.50-32.50), call Playhouse on Park 244 Park Road, West Hartford at 860-523-5900, ext. 10 or online at www.PlayhouseOnPark.org. (exit 43 off I-84). Performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., with matinees Sunday at 2 p.m.
Enjoy the pithy and poignant passages as Robert Fulghum spins his homespun humor and wisdom on the meaningful moments of life.