THEATER REVIEW: "Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas" will melt your heart

That grouchy green Grinch with the hairy, rancid seaweed-look outfit is back in town, still raging at Christmas and the Whos who love it.

The 14th edition of The Old Globe’s beloved Christmas tradition “Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas” plays through Dec. 31 on the Globe’s main stage.

You remember the story: the (new) Grinch (Steve Blanchard), tired of putting up with all that Christmas cheer year after year, comes up with a terrible, wonderful plan to eliminate the season altogether.

He drafts his poor dog Max (returnee Logan Lipton) for the nefarious deed, forcing him to make like a reindeer by strapping fake antlers on his head. The idea is to steal all the gifts in Whoville – and therefore Christmas itself.

Brilliant, right? But little Cindy-Lou Who (returnee Remy Margaret Corbin) disarms the Grinch with her childlike trust and sunny outlook, which just might soften that famous heart that’s two sizes too small.

“Oh. It’s a ballad,” deadpans the Grinch as she prepares to sing “Santa For a Day.”

Broadway veteran Blanchard, new to the cast as the Grinch, puts his stamp on the part with his vamping of John Wayne and Elvis on the great vaudeville-inspired song “One Of A Kind” and the last-scene addition of the green giant blowing a fanciful Seussian shofar.

The cast boasts many returnees and some new faces, all of whom cavort, dance and sing appropriately and, most of all, amuse – thanks in no small measure to Robert Morgan’s now-familiar bulbous pink (or red, depending on which cast you see) and white costumes.

The show, with charming songs by Mel Marvin and book and clever lyrics by Timothy Mason, wears surprisingly well, even for this grouchy old critic who has seen every single incarnation.

I predict you’ll leave the theater with a smile – and maybe even damp eyes.

The details

“Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas” plays through Dec. 31 at the Old Globe Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

Tuesday through Friday at 7 pm; Saturday and Sunday at 11 am, 2 and 5 pm.

For tickets call (619) 234-5623 or visit HERE.

To read more reviews by SDGLN Theater Critic Jean Lowerison, click HERE.

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