Puss in Boots puts best foot forward 


What should I say about the show that the Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre opened Friday night? That you'll get a kick out of Puss in Boots? That it's the cat's meow?


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

by Eric E. Harrison

Metro on 09/19/2015