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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: 42nd Street Moon Unwraps a Holiday Treat for the Whole Family, "SNOOPY!!!"

Dec 05, 2013
by Kent Clancy
“Snoopy!!!” had had its world premier in San Francisco in 1975. At long last “Snoopy!!!” is back in town, but only until December 15th. The presentation of “Snoopy!!!” by 42nd Street Moon at The Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco charms the audience with song, dance, humor and observations and commentary by the likes of Lucy Van Pelt. , Peppermint Patty, Linus, and Charlie Brown. But the story is mostly about Snoopy, played by Keith Pinto in such a way as to make you forget that he is a man, not a dog. The gestures, the way his “paws” are held and the haughty look that now and then appears on his face are those of Snoopy himself, not of a human. He leaps to the roof of his dog house, complains about the food in his dish, begins his writing career musing how to start his story until he finally settles on “It was a dark and stormy night”. And he wistfully hopes someday to go back to Daisy Hill Puppy Farm to see some of his old buddies and maybe a family member or two, and maybe even his mother.

Almost all of the characters from the long running cartoon are on stage and are played well. Lucy is just as bossy and sarcastic as ever. Charlie Brown is befuddled, forlorn, and the target of Lucy’s scorn. He wonders what has happened to the little puppy he chose, who used to come when called. Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin, etc., etc.

While it is unlikely you will know any of the songs, through which much of the story is told, you are likely to enjoy all of them. And, if you are like the audience, which included a fair number of children the night this reviewer was there, you will be happy that “Snoopy!!!” is back for a brief visit to San Francisco. Shows are Wednesday, Thursday Friday and Saturday evenings, with matinees on Sundays and a special matinee on Saturday the 7th of December.

For information or to order tickets call (415) 255-8207 or visit 42ndStMoon.org.


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