First Nighter: Hoffman, Epperson Make Merry in 'Once Upon a Mattress'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Bah humbug! to anyone who goes to the Transport Group Theatre Company's Once Upon a Mattress, at the Abrons Arts Center, and doesn't have a thoroughly entertaining time. Only Ebenezer Scrooge would leave dissatisfied. Most of us know the leading role of Princess Winifred was initially performed by Carol Burnett, who seemed born to play it and thereby became a star. But she hasn't been the only one who fits it glove-like. Right now, we have Jackie Hoffman, who with a belt as strong as the north wind, is making the princess of the swamps her own. Fairy tales are forever, and fractured fairy tales are, too--as is this one with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Barer. Here, a minstrel (Hunter Ryan Herdlicka) explains that, as it's usually recounted, the tale of the princess, the pea and disturbed sleep isn't quite accurate. According to him, the princess--that would be Winifred (Fred for short)--was beauty-challenged. Neither
Huffington Post article