What... (i.e. camp, dance class, birthday party)
Pick a NYMetroParents Region: All Regions   Manhattan    Brooklyn    Queens    Westchester    Rockland   Fairfield    Nassau    Suffolk  




     Home  >  Articles  > Culture/Entertainment
by Danielle Sullivan



You don’t just go through 47 years without learning a thing or two … and it’s evident that the Paper Bag Players have crammed a whole lot of expertise into their almost five decades of performing live children’s theater. Paper Bag performances are tot-sized vignettes for ages 4-8, fitting snugly into a small child’s attention span, yet appealing to a parent’s amusement and sense of humor. All props and costumes are created from some form of natural paper, like cardboard boxes and brightly painted brown craft paper.

Founder and artistic director Judith Martin strives to consistently create shows that mirror the unpredictability and spontaneity that children use naturally to play. A typical season consists of a series of weekend shows for the public, with weekday performances for schools. As of now, the theater company has 26 plays in their repertory and has toured 37 U.S. states and several foreign countries. In addition to winning numerous awards, they are the only children’s theater to ever receive an OBIE, and last year Judith Martin was given the “Playful People Award” from Nick Jr.

What makes the Paper Bag Players stand out among countless children’s theater performances is that they have uniquely fine-tuned their plays to bring an elevated sense of excitement specially suited for children. The plays are combinations of skits that are neither patronizing nor simplistic; they are simply fun. Always part of the fun is the audience participation; lots of kids’ theater includes this, but the Bags incorporate such active involvement, children end up playing an integral role in the storyline. Often, kids will have to jump or stamp or even scream in order to have a character resolve their problems. Live music is another strong component, and the lively and downright silly tunes get the kids — and most adults — up and dancing. Active, younger children aren’t required to be quiet and sit still during the performance, which makes it fun for everyone!

Pineapple Soup! is the Bags’ latest production. This show features one story of a girl and her little brother who learn how to ease their sibling rivalry (with the audience’s help, of course!). Another sketch begins with a mundane laundry day that suddenly turns zany when the laundry runs away. The closing number, entitled ‘Pineapple Soup’, gets everyone up on their feet, jumping, dancing, and singing.

If you haven’t yet caught a Paper Bag performance, Pineapple Soup! will be playing at various locations in the city through March 25: Kaufman Concert Hall at 92nd Street Y, Tribeca Performing Arts Center at Borough of Manhattan Community College, Symphony Space, Jewish Museum, Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, and College of Staten Island. Tickets range from $10-$25. For specific times and locations, call (800) 777-2247, or visit; www.paperbagplayers.org.



Get Your FREE Indoor Activity eGuide!

More Culture/Entertainment Articles

Family Theater: 'Dear Edwina' is Back in New York
Theater Review: Broadway's 'Elf: The Musical'
Children's Theater Review: Freckleface Strawberry
Movie Review: The Kids Grow Up
Children's Theater: Cool Fall Shows in NYC - October 2010

Be a good fellow parent and share this with a friend who would be interested
Email Friend

Local Culture/Entertainment Sponsors

51 North 1st Street
Brooklyn, NY
Come take ACTION classes or book a party at the ST...

Candy Store (The)
1061 Willis Ave.
Albertson, NY
The Candy Store is your candy source. We offer a w...

GymCats Gymnastics and Birthday Party Center
1 Odell Plaza at Equalize Fitness
Yonkers, NY
Our goal at GymCats is to build a physical and men...

Asphalt Green
Upper East Side, 555 E. 90th St

Norwalk Hospital
Maple Street
Norwalk, CT
Norwalk Hospital offers numerous programs for youn...
See Our Culture/Entertainment Directory

local zones


Nassau cont.


Suffolk cont.


Westchester cont.



Rockland cont.


Queens cont.


Brooklyn cont.


Copyright 2014 NY Metro Parents Magazine Site Design: THE VOICE