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Red Branch Theatre Company's 'Pinocchio' comes alive

Red Branch Theatre Company's 'Pinocchio' comes alive

Children's theater is an entertaining way to impart ethical values. The Red Branch Theatre Company's kid-friendly production of "Pinocchio" nose, er, knows how to make the smallest theatergoers aware of the consequences of lying.

That lesson is conveyed through slapstick, sing-alongs and other bits of silliness relating to the title character's lie-extended nose.

The production also knows that these short spectators tend to have short attention spans, so this intermissionless "Pinocchio" moves fast and doesn't last long. To tell the truth, the 40-minute running time struck this taller spectator as being too brief.

Giving Pinocchio and his pals a few...