Camp Kappawanna OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

Photo: Ahron R. Foster
  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    March 21, 2015
    Closing:
    April 12, 2015

    Theater: Linda Gross Theater / 336 West 20th Street, New York, NY, 10011

    Synopsis: 

    Following the misadventures of 12-year old Jennifer Jenkins, "Camp Kappawanna" portrays the fear and excitement of leaving home for the first time. This lighthearted musical, inspired by Lisa Loeb’s own nostalgic summer camp memories, has an acoustic sound that will take you back to nights spent around the camp fire.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Camp Kappawanna

    ‘Camp Kappawanna,’ Complete With Insecurities and Bug Spray

    Laurel Graeber

    March 27, 2015: No one, you’ll be relieved to learn, sings “Kumbaya.” Arts and crafts haven’t made the list of activities. And neither, oddly, has theater. But Camp Kappawanna, the primary setting of the fresh and funny new musical of the same name from Atlantic for Kids, part of Atlantic Theater Company, still resembles real institutions: Campers’ baggage includes more than outfits and bug spray, and insecurities flourish here as much as at middle school. Gina (Lydian Blossom), Kappawanna’s director, embraces the rundown camp with the scruffy enthusiasm of her former life as an amateur rocker. (You can bet that the Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Lisa Loeb, who collaborated on the music and lyrics with Michelle Lewis and Dan Petty, lets Gina display her inner Joan Jett.) But the camp initially horrifies Nick (Wes Zurick), a video game geek, and Veronica (Faye Rex), a fashion-obsessed elitist who wonders how she ended up here. “I’m guessing Daddy made some bad investments,” Gina responds, displaying the sly wit that characterizes much of the book, by Cusi Cram and Peter Hirsch.

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