You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Reviewed by David Kashimba
Photo by Gene Abravaya

Spreckels Performing Arts Center in beautiful Rohnert Park is giving Bay Area residents the opportunity to experience a Sonoma County legend. The musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, based on the comic strip Peanuts by Sonoma County hero Charles M. Schulz, is a delightful production full of Schulz’s subtle psychological and melancholic humor.

All the Peanuts characters are children plus one dog named Snoopy born at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm in Petaluma. Yet they all utter psychological gems that would give Freud food for thought. When Sally (Laura Pedersen-Schulz) skips onto the stage with her jump rope, she suddenly stops, looks at the audience and says: “I was jumping rope and somehow it all seemed so futile.” In another scene Linus (Brandon Mears) takes his thumb out of his mouth long enough to say: “Sucking your thumb without a blanket is like eating an ice cream cone without the ice cream.”

Tara Blau, the actress that plays Lucy, is perfect for her abrasive part. When she sets up her booth and sign offering psychiatric advice for five cents, Charlie Brown (Douglas B. Giorgis) has a long talk with her and feels so relieved by her advice that he thanks her for being a true friend. “That will be five cents,” Lucy says.

Diego Emir Garcia conducts the orchestra for such great songs as My Blanket and Me and Happiness. All and all it’s a great evening of comedy, song and deep psychological insights for children and adults.

For tickets or more information call (707) 588-3400.

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