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Mark Twain's Riverboat Extravaganza!

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Saturday August 31, 2013 / 7:00pm
Mark Twain's Riverboat Extravaganza!
1 ticket
General Admission Special
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815

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It wasn't what I expected, but still well worth the trip. The show was only marginally about Mark Twain. It used famous Twain characters (Huckleberry, Becky, Tom, Jim, and Twain himself) to tell several stories from the American folk mythology (Rip Van Winkle, Sleepy Hollow, Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan, Casey Jones, John Henry) by skilled acting, manipulation of numerous props, costume changes, and puppeteering. Especially clever was the Sleepy Hollow legend told by shadow dramatization. There were top performances, but one in particular stuck out for me, that of "Becky Thatcher." (It might have helped that I bought popcorn from her before the show started.) Even though it was a show addressed primarily to kids--the ones near me were enthralled--it was an ideal show for families that adults who appreciate good theater could enjoy as well.