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You already know the stories You already know the lessons However I dont think it would be much of a gamble to say that youve never seen Aesops Fables quite like this Coastals production of Fabulous an original sing play by Dr David Bankston combines the original morals taught in ancient Greece with modern influences The play which runs about fifty minutes is a combination of songs and spoken rhyming dialect to tell three of Aesops classics Although Bankston takes major liberties with the actual stories the invaluable lessons learned from the original tales were not lost The play begins with a merry woodsman with one slight problem despite his love of nature he is allergic to trees Woody Woodcutter played by Christopher Bergamo has a particularly violent sneeze which causes him to throw his weathered wooden axe into the river He cannot make a living without his axe so Water the Rivermaid played by Anne Denbow-Gilbert comes to his rescue She dives into the water and first produces a gold axe and a silver axe and Woody is forced to decline both of them because they arent his When Water finally gives him his actual axe she rewards his honesty by giving him all three axes The two quickly fall in love and move to the desert away from all the trees Bergamo played Woody with all the sweetness and naivety that a poor honest woodcutter should have and I could actually feel my eyes begin to water when he was singing about his allergy Gilbert played an amusing sprite complete with a Barbara Walters speech impediment but when I saw the show on Saturday night she didnt fully come into her character until after shed finished her operatic entrance song The audience was left feeling that it was the Rivermaid talking but Gilbert singing The next story was the tale of the the uppity self-assured rabbit racing the slow laid-back turtle With Bankstons
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