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November 30, 2017

ANIMALS, ANIMALS, ANIMALS!

by Ann Greer

 

Eminent primatologist Jane Goodall was only 26 when she went to East Africa to study chimpanzees in the wild.  Among her discoveries are that chimpanzees use tools and form families.

Where and how did this extraordinary woman get her start?  In 1940s England, encouraged by her mother, Goodall closely studied the animals that surrounded her – chickens, squirrels, and her beloved dog Rusty, in the company of a stuffed toy chimpanzee named Jubilee.  “Me…Jane: The Dreams and Adventures of Young Jane Goodall,” a world premiere Kennedy Center commission, provides an entertaining and inspiring look into the world of eight-year-old Jane.

The play is based on the book “Me…Jane” by Patrick McDonnell, and adapted and written by Andy Mitton, McDonnell, and Aaron Posner, with music and lyrics by Mitton.  Its primary audience is young people, but the talented cast, jaunty songs and dances, and meaningful story will appeal to adults as well.  The show is chock-full of messages -- follow your dream, trust your instincts, be patient, and don’t give up.
 


My favorite song is “Animals, Animals, Animals!,” an energetic romp that would make Dr. Doolittle proud.  Here is a sample:

Butterflies taste – but with their feet…

Snakes never blink…

A giraffe can lick inside her own ear…

Starfish have eight eyes in every leg…

 

Every one of us distinct

But every one of us is linked

By a home and by a history

By a universal mystery

From the starfish to the swan

Every one us phenomenons

And every one of us has worth



Click here to watch a rehearsal video of "Animals, Animals, Animals!"

“Me…Jane” is at the Kennedy Center through December 10.  Tickets: kennedy-center.org or 202-467-4600.  


Photos by Teresa Wood:
(1)
Erin Weaver, Eymard Cabling, Sam Ludwig, and Awa Sal Secka
(2) The Company
(3) Erin Weaver

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Ann Greer has covered culture in the DC region for The Washington Post, Capitol File magazine, and WAMU-FM, among others.  She was the first online theater critic in the DC region, for AOL Digital City Washington.




Posted at 2:38 PM

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