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76 Star Starred
Wheelock Family Theatre
Wheelock College 200 The Riverway Boston, MA 02215
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4.5 / 5 Rated by 8 members
Review from Ingeviolin
23 events 19 reviews

We loved it, thought it was very well presented and loved that the cast was so diverse. The venue is great and the audio system worked well, so that even though there were a few noisy kids we didn't miss anything.

reviewed Feb 26 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from casalo
13 events 7 reviews

Our first time here - Wonderful Fun Show! Great for kids & adults. We (two adults) enjoyed the creative staging, fun music and very talented performers - very professionally done. We plan to keep an eye out for future shows to attend.

reviewed Feb 05 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Karen L. Grossman
11 events 5 reviews

Great songs and rapport with the audience. The message of appreciating differences is important for children to internalize. Your cast and this program helps that happen. The show was a bit long for children to sit through at the end of a...continued

reviewed Jan 29 2010 report as inappropriate
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A rollicking comic musical; winner of the 2000 OLIVIER Award for Best Musical.

Directed by Jane Staab with musical direction by Jon Goldberg.

Mother duck Ida has been sitting-not so patiently-on her nestful of eggs, while her husband Drake “ducks” his share of parental responsibilities.  When Billy, Beaky, Downy, and Fluff finally emerge, they are proper quacking ducklings.   But when Egg #5-the big one-cracks open it reveals something altogether different.  Ugly honks when the others quack, he’s bullied and teased because he doesn’t look like a duckling, his own father claims he’s created a monster.  But Ida loves her child just as he is and tells him that it’s what’s inside that matters.  Unfortunately, the roguish local cat agrees and lures Ugly over to his house “for lunch.”  Ugly manages to slip off the menu, but he lands in trouble in the middle of nowhere.  While the heartbroken Ida searches for him, Ugly sets off on a quest to find home.  Along the way, he meets an eccentric assortment of creatures-from a ragtag squadron of geese to a philosophical bullfrog-who help him see the value of his own difference.  In the end, Ugly finds home, himself, the ability to forgive even his worst enemies, and the confidence to make an important decision about his future.  Brimful with wisecracking fun and a rollicking score, at its heart HONK! is a tender story of love and the meaning of being different.

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