“ Strawdog Theatre Company's take on Robert Browning's classic poem feels like a rarity: it's a piece of mature, risk-taking children's theater that offers respectful, vibrant delivery of Browning's language for the adults while stimulating the kids on a more visceral level. ”— Chicago Reader
“ At forty minutes The Pied Piper is a revelation of what children's theater can be when stripped to its essential core. Devoid of the usual filler of fart jokes and well-timed innuendos designed to entertain parents, this production instead charms and chills with equal aplomb. And while there is no happy ending here, its final vision is one of surprising hope and resilience that will charm child and adult alike. ”— New City
The creators of our hit The Hunting of the Snark and The Just-So Stories, The Forks & Hope Ensemble, led by Strawdog Ensemble Member Josh Sobel, bring their innovative, physical, DIY aesthetic to the haunting tunes of Browning's Pied Piper of Hamelin.