Where it succeeds, it mostly involves the excellent physical comic abilities of Chad Bradford in the title role (and in the title boots). Puss, a flamboyant feline, with the help of a trio of sidekits (Lauren Linton, Aleigha Morton and Moriah Patterson), sings, dances, sidles, swashes, buckles and uses his innate cleverness to cozen a gluttonous king (Jeremy Matthey), his dimwitted daughter (Katie Campbell) and even a shape-shifting ogre to help to fortune and bliss his cloddish miller's-son master (a fine job by newbie Nick Spencer).
Puss in Boots, the Children's Theatre 2015-16 season opener, runs 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday through Oct. 4 at the Arts Center in MacArthur Park, East Ninth and Commerce streets, Little Rock. Ticket information is available by calling (501) 372-4000 or online at ArkansasArtsCenter.org/theatre.
by Eric E. Harrison
Metro on 09/19/2015