Theater Review: There’s a lot of stupidity in Cape Rep’s Click, Clack, Moo

The barn is cold at night. The cows and hen are frustrated that they cannot inform Farmer Brown of this situation. Her requests for electric blankets sound like “moo, moo, moo” to the farmer. He has no idea that they are unhappy.

Cow #2 (Hannah Carrita) is angry and wants something done now! Cow #1 (Holly Hansen) tries to be more reasonable about the issue. Hen (Jess Andra) has other thoughts and fights with cow #1 all the time, and they both drive cow #2 crazy, plus they’re all cold! Duck (Ari Lew) isn’t much of a help either, until he finds an abandoned typewriter in the barn. Now they can write their complaints to Farmer Brown (Anthony Teixeira)! How will Farmer Brown react to her notes?

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, The Musical adapts Doreen Cronin’s book (illustrations by Betsy Lewin). James E. Grote’s adaptation, with music by George Howe and lyrics by the two, is gorgeous! There’s also a message about working together when the odds seem insurmountable.

At the show I attended, the children in the audience giggled in delight and looked back in their seats to share their happiness with those around them. The story is fun, but it’s the Cape Rep production that really sells the story. The actors are expressive and downright loud (“You’re a cow keeper!” Henne yells at a #1 cow), the set is simple but interesting (complete with a duck pond, barn door, and a large typewriter), and the costumes are clever . Costume design by Robin McLaughlin conveys the animals without cumbersome masks or absurd makeup. Baylie Hartford is credited with the fitting props.

Set design, costumes and props are an important part of the show and an asset to the actors. The outdoor theater is also perfect for some of their antics! Holly Erin McCarthy still has a little kid in her and it shows in her directing. She takes every chance to involve the audience! watch the cows; if you think they are idle, they are not. They are ruminable! Nell Hamilton also does a good job as stage manager for this motley crew. It’s easy seating for the youngest in your family, and the whole family will enjoy it. The show only lasts about an hour, but plan to stay after the show for a meet and greet with the players.

DETAILS
“Click, clack, moo: cows, the type, the musical”
At the Cape Rep Theater, Route 6A, Brewster
Until September 1st in the open-air theater; Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m., the show moves indoors if it rains, masks are compulsory in the theater hall.
Information and reservations: 508-896-1888, www.caperep.org

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