REVIEW: Puppetry, performances and a Giant Peach at the Playhouse

Yes, girls and boys, James and the Giant Peach, the Theatre for Young Audiences production that opened at the Playhouse on January 15th, does indeed have a Giant Peach. In fact, it has several versions of the Giant Peach, each of which is painted to peachfection.

Photo by Todd Higgins (

Photo by Todd Higgins (

In the first part of the play, bad things happen to young James (an escaped rhinoceros can be as bad as Lord Voldemort), but then there is this Giant Peach, James goes inside, meets a lot of friendly insects, and then stuff happens.

A lot of stuff.

And it comes pretty fast and furious over the course of an hour’s time onstage. At one point I was thinking they weren’t going two minutes in this show without changing the scene or the characters or the situation. So small fry are not going to have their attention spans challenged by anything that happens onstage, and adults are going to be too busy being enchanted to notice what the kids are doing anyway.

Finish reading the review here.

Photo by Todd Higgins (

Photo by Todd Higgins (

This review was originally published online at on January 15, 2016, and was written by Lawrence Bernabo.


What: James and the Giant Peach
When: January 22-24, 2016
Times: Friday @ 7pm | Saturday @ 1pm and 4pm | Sunday @ 2pm
Where: The Duluth Playhouse main stage (506 W. Michigan St.)
Tickets: Purchase online, call 218.733.7555, or stop by during regular business hours (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
Ticket Prices: Adults – $14 | Youth/Students – $12 | Groups (15+) – $10


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