Trivia question: Last Saturday night, did you waste $100 on the glorified pillow fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao — or did you spend your money on real entertainment, namely the production of “Big” at Fairfax High School.
You remember “Big,” the iconic Eighties movie starring Tom Hanks as a kid who inhabits a man’s body and is hired by a toy company to help them connect with young customers.
The FHS production stars off with the young Josh Baskin who wants to “be big.” He gets his wish and is transported to the adult world. The best scene of the show (like the movie) is when he connects with the toy company impresario, Mr. MacMillan, who joins him for the epic scene playing “Chopsticks” and other tunes on a full-body piano. That scene just never gets old.
The high school show had some other fun numbers. My favorites were “Let’s Not Move Too Fast” with Josh and his femme fatale, Susan, and “Cross the Line” with the whole Toy Company ensemble. Most of all I liked the narrative which was fun, romantic and yet always focused on letting kids be kids.
The male leads of Doug Klain and Zion Jang really captured the spirit of the musical, as did the female lead Molly Berry. (Naturally I spent most the time following my daughter Eva who was in the singing and dancing ensemble). The FX Players are directed by Erich (“Mr. D”) DiCenzo, who will also be directing the City of Fairfax Theater Company this summer in their production of “Hairspray.” (Stay tuned for more info on that).
The show continues on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at Fairfax High School. Tickets are available.