You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

Henry DiRocco

By Anna Sheridan, Sports Editor

Little girls in brand new Christmas dresses ran up and down the aisles before the lights dimmed. Eyes fell upon the glowing green Grinch face up on stage, a subtle hint to sit down. The Old Globe’s 14th annual production of a musical based on the Dr. Seuss’s book the “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” did not disappoint. With amazing harmonies and songs written for families, the show captivated children who sat at the edge of their seats throughout the performance.             While some voices shone more than others, Mama Who’s, played by Kelsey Venter was a particular standout; the cast blended well together, without a single off-harmony or botched line. Little Cindy Loo-Who, played by Remy Margaret Corbin, won over hearts and ears with her innocent voice and unmatched charm.             The show was tailored to families, with sing-a-longs  to the most popular Grinch-y music, and over-animated expressions. Although the show proved to be  childish, the adults found themselves just as mesmerized by the out-of-this-world costumes and perfectly choreographed dances. While the interaction that the mean Grinch had with the audience scared the little ones, sometimes surprising audience members in the aisle way, or making comments about their outfits from up on stage, it only enhanced the performance for the big kids. The humor however, went too far. While the play was funny in parts, the crude humor, the farting, burping, and unneeded comments proved to be a detriment to the overall performance. Overlooking the sad attempt at humor, the Seuss-inspired How the Grinch Stole Christmas will steal your heart and have you wishing the 90 minute show would go on forever.   The Grinch that Stole Christmas plays at the Old Globe Theatre through Dec. 31. Tickets start at $54.