MICE AT CENTRE ICE by Kerri Salata (Benny the Bullet Productions/Fringe). At the George Ignatieff. July 5 at 3:30 pm, July 7 at 10:30 am, July 9 at 12:45 pm, July 10 at 12:45 pm. July 12 at 11 am, July 13 at 5:30 pm. See listing. Rating: NNN
Lawyers sometimes get a bum rap, but this energetic cast comprised mostly of lactors (lawyers who like to act) puts on a sweet kids show, even if some of them do sound like extras from a James Cagney film.
Playwright/performer Kerri Salata has adapted her grandmother Estelles childrens book for the stage. The plot is straightforward and unabashedly Canadian: the Mouse Hockey League goes on a mission at The Forum to reclaim their long-lost Cheddar Cup, taken years ago by their rivals the Rink Rats.
Theres lots of action to keep kids engaged some actors run through the aisle, and theres the big hockey battle near the end. Imaginative props and costumes include a Zamboni and a garbage truck complete with sound effects, and a hockey stick with a big ball of yarn as a puck.
Although the production deserves two minutes in the penalty box for some dated humour, it earns extra points for a script with lots of pleasing kid-friendly alliteration like Benny The Bullet and Big Boris.
Plus, proceeds from the run support the charity Toronto Lawyers Feed The Hungry.