You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

May 15th - October 28th Avon Theatre Ticket Info
Generally Neutral Reviews based on 8 Critics
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The American Conservative - Noah Millman

Millman confesses that in junior high he played Schroeder. He brought his nine year old son to the show:
“Me: “So, how did you like it?”
Him: “I want to see it again. It’s maybe the best thing I’ve seen at Stratford ever.”

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Now Magazine - Susan G. Cole

Brown begins her review with some criticism of the critics: “I’m astonished by the critical reaction to Stratford’s version of the musical based on Charles Schultz’s comic strip. Too big, too brassy, too much razzle-dazzle, is the general beef…The players are wonderful…”

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The London Free Press - John Coulborn

Coulbourn’s not fond of the production but like others gives kudos to the cast: “Andrew Broderick’s Schroeder brings a bit of street cred to the ‘hood while staying down with Beethoven and as for Kevin Yee’s Linus, thankfully he’s just what he’s always been — wise beyond his years and utterly delightful.”

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The Globe and Mail - J. Kelly Nestruck

Nestruck writes Feore’s direction “runs rather roughshod over the existentialist bent of Schultz’s original strip,” confessing “I’ve always found You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown slightly out-of-tune with the source material.”

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Postmedia News - Jamie Portman

“42nd Street is a resounding triumph – but The Pirates of Penzance and You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown are feeble.” In contrast to other reviewers, Portman notes:”Patterson’s testosterone-driven Snoopy – swaggering macho raucousness – should be dispatched to the doghouse forthwith. This Snoopy is less an affirmation of canine lovability than an argument for neutering.

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The Record - Robert Reid

“There simply isn’t enough thematic meat on the bones, which begs the question of whether the musical provides enough sustenance to be served at the table of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.

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- Richard Ouzounian

Ouzounian crafts a creative form for his review, penning a letter from Charles M. Schulz, the author of the original Peanuts comic strips that inspired the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, addressed to Des McAnuff, artistic director of the Stratford Festival.

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