As someone who grew up in Israel, I can attest that the play Hanna and the Moonlit Dress (originally Hanna’s Sabbath Dress) is as popular as A Christmas Carol is here in the U.S. I think it’s a real treat for those of us living in New York that this sweet-natured play was brought overseas for everyone to enjoy in a wonderful production that’s perfect for young children. Luckily it’s playing this weekend so be sure to check it out! Show Review: Hanna and the Moonlit Dress
In the story, originally written by Itzhak Schweiger-Dmi’el, a young girl named Hanna receives a white handmade dress from her mother to wear on Shabbat. She meets her animal friends and makes sure not to stain the dress but while walking in the woods, she ends up getting stains after helping an old man carry a sack of coals. The moon hears her cries and makes the dress even more beautiful than before by replacing the stains with stars.
I took my sons, aged 5 and 8 to see the show and they both liked it a lot! Aside from the inventive stage scenery which is made of only white paper, the show is interactive in a unique way: before the show, kids are encouraged to color flowers and stars and later, during the show, the flowers and stars are collected to be on stage as part of the scenery.
The sweet, catchy songs have simple lyrics that are easy to understand – perfect for very young kids. The show is appropriate for ages 2-8 due to its simple plot; school-aged kids will understand the underlying message of “do good and good will come to you” while for the younger ones, the 50-minute performance is a great introduction to theater.
When: 1/6/18 at 11am & 1pm; 1/7/18 11am & 1pm
(The show is also playing this winter at the 14th St. Y)
Where: Theatre Row
410 West 42nd St., between 9th & 10th Aves.
To purchase tickets click here or purchase at the box office.
Photos by Basil Rodericks
I was not compensated for this post. I received tickets.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman writes for Little Spoon and has also written for The Huffington Post. She has been living in the New York City area for seventeen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree, but blogging is her true passion. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (ages 11, 8 and 5) and loves finding great products for her family.