Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
Trusting and giving, children are the ideal audience. Several hundred VSF - Very Small Fry - Tuesday night greeted a Constitution Hall novelty, "Bugs Bunny Meets the Super-Heroes," which, as the ads put it, is "NOT an ice show, NOT a TV show, NOT a movie," but "a live stage show."
And who, aged 3 to 10, would not fail to greet the major figures of our democratic juvenile literature, the comics? This is an adventure about how Bugs Bunny wants to give a birthday party for Porky Pig, is almost thwarted by Joker, Riddler, Catwoman and the Tasmanian Devil and, ultimately, is saved by Batman, Robin and Wonder Woman.
With costumes and masks taken from the drawings and a sound track for the songs, a dozen performers, led by Mike Rudisill as "Doc," the hard-working company deals directly with the audience - asking for tips on villainy, suggestions for the party and voices to sing along in Porky's "Birthday Song."
The response is attentive, quick and wholehearted. Some of the VSF around me hollered themselves hoarse in their warnings to "Doc" at the approach of the villains. While the Constitution Hall platform is far from ideal, this traveling show is adroitly adapted to all sorts of stages, and apart from Wonder Woman's wig flying off, which the youngsters recognized as an unintentional disaster, the novelty worked well. The run of the two-hour show will be evenings through Saturday at 7:30, with extra performances Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2.