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Talking squirrel, jungle animals feature in current stage plays

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This week, stage plays with anthropomorphic animals are being performed on both sides of the Atlantic.

An adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book is being presented at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, Ireland. The classic tale of man-cub Mowgli's adventures amongst the denizens of the jungle is brought to life with actors in animal roles wearing minimalist animal costumes.

Meanwhile, in Decatur, Georgia, USA, the PushPush Theatre company is presenting The Squirrel Trap. In this play, office drudge Gil finds his attic is inhabited by a talking squirrel – who readily dispenses advice on personal relationships. The role is played by a bearded actor in ordinary clothes with the addition of a large bushy tail.

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From The Squirrel Trap:

I don't want to sound paranoid, but I think this was deliberate.

Heh. :-)

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I've always wanted to see a play adaptation of The Jungle Book -- almost was able to play in one, but no, they had to switch to an Old Western melodrama.

(I mean, I got the leading lady despite being one of the youngest there so it still turned out pretty awesome, but I'd've rather played, say, an elephant.)

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Reminds me of when I was doing stand-up comedy; there are so many comedians who end up slumming as talking animals in kid's cartoons (everyone from Eddie Murphy to Bill Murray, from Ellen Degeneres to Jack Black and countless others have voiced a talking animal at some point) after they've become rich and famous.

Rich and famous would be nice, but that's just bonus points, really.

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Aw, come on, "slumming"? Donkey is one of the more popular characters in a popular movie franchise, I wouldn't call that slumming.

As for Jack Black....most of his work is slumming. Kung Fu Panda is the least of his concerns.

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Actually, what does Eddie Murphy do besides slum, nowadays?

And I like Jack Black in Kung Fu Panda. But slumming is slumming; there's good slummers like there's bad slummers, same as hacks.

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