The Glendale Centre Theatre’s goal has always been to produce quality plays with a “Gee” rating. As in “Gee whiz. Gosh darn. That was a pretty good show, honey.” Believe it or don’t, that’s the kind of thing you’ll hear the grown-ups saying in the lobby at the 8 p.m shows.
So there’s no age-appropriate issue for parents who want to bring the older kids along at night, unless someone forgot to take a nap. When it comes to the kids bringing the parents along, the reverse is not always true. Often, the inspired zaniness of the theater’s Saturday morning kids’ show can leave parents rolling in the aisles while their astonished toddlers wonder what the heck was so funny.
The script for this particular “Pinocchio,” however, is aimed solidly at the heart of the 3- to 8-year-old crowd, with very little wiggle room for the more sophisticated theater-goer. But make no mistake about it. The littlest ones will still be enchanted. Pinocchio, as everyone knows, was the answer to lonely Gepetto’s prayers — someone to talk to, someone to care for, whether or not tapping Pinocchio’s forehead is literally knocking on wood.