Rob Cullivan, ” Two adaptations, lots of mattresses ” Gresham Outlook, Pamplin Media Group, Web 18 April 2017
When the Corbett Children’s Theater studies something, it really studies it. The company has decided to take on not one, but two renditions of the classic tale “The Princess and the Pea” for its spring performance season..
Both shows are absurdist, comedic riffs on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale. “Once Upon a Mattress,” to be performed by the older actors, is a musical, while “The Princess and the Pea” theater adaptation is a straight play and will be performed by the company’s “Rising Stars.”
The premise behind both productions remains largely the same: a prince, shepherded by his pushy, devious matriarch (a grandmother in the play, mother in the musical), goes on a journey to find his true love. But, in order to marry the woman he chooses…”