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Theater & art

Stage Review

A joyful ‘Longstocking’ at Wheelock Family Theatre

Unconventional Pippi Longstocking defies expectations, and so does director Wendy Lement’s frothy stage version of the classic children’s book. Lement’s approach to “Pippi Longstocking,” now playing at the Wheelock Family Theatre through May 12, focuses on joy and whimsy, with a whole lot of chances to dance, dance, dance.

Powered by Sirena Abalian’s high-energy performance as Pippi, this production covers all of the story’s important plot points, but delivers them with an extra flourish. The emphasis is on Pippi’s determination and her conviction that “if we believe in ourselves, we’re bound to win,” and the result is a celebration of every individual, with all of their unique qualities.

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