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COMICS THAT ARE MUSICALS: Cul de Sac

Cul de Sac poster

In Washington, D.C., Encore Stage & Studio presented their world premiere production of “Cul de Sac.” The play, written by Amy Thompson, is an adaptation of the popular comic strip of the same name by Richard Alice on man-hole coverThompson (her husband, no less) and includes original music composed by Matthew Heap, reports Kendall Mostafavi at dcmetrotheaterarts.com.

Amy ThompsonAlice Otterloop is the four year old star of the play, just as she is of the comic strip, and the story deals with being one’s self and the meaning of true friendship. Mostafavi notes that “Cul de Sac,” the play, does great justice to the original comic strip and its characters, proving to be a fun and silly show, with a touch of heart.

Playwright Thompson also designed and built the set and props. As in the Wimpy Kid musical, the set is built to look like a drawing, with the Otterloop’s house, a platform with a bed to represent Alice’s brother Petey’s room on the second floor, and the raised man-hole cover, which Alice is known to use frequently as her stage in the strip.

Amy Thompson has taught theater in educational settings, including the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

 

Richard Thompson drawing

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