Orlando Fringe review: 'A Book Can Take You Anywhere'

It's hard to be too critical of a show that literally sings the praises of some of my favorite things: Music, travel, reading, education, foreign language.

"A Book Can Take You Anywhere" is a loud, high-spirited romp around the world hosted by Don Karaoke and a musical fairy with magical powers. Aimed squarely at the elementary-school set, lessons are learned like pizza was invented in Italy and Africa's big animals mean visitors have to avoid stepping in big poopies. (Kids love the latter lesson.) My favorite lesson was when the zany crew visited New Orleans and learned "In the Big Easy, it's easy to have a good time." Actually, I already had found that out one Mardi Gras when ... but I digress. The New Orleans song is the strongest, though the show relies more on the performers' energy than the singing.

A hobby-horse unicorn makes an appearance, the audience is encouraged to make chimpanzee noises, you get the picture. While the kiddies laugh and clap, adults can amuse themselves by putting a mental grownup spin on lines such as "In Jamaica, don't forget to be happy."

60 mins. Rated FF. Red venue.


5/18, 2 p.m.

5/19, 12:15 p.m.

5/25, 2:15 p.m.

5/26, 12:15 p.m.

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