Review of Once Upon a Mattress
by Dan Zeff
Excerpted from the Copley Newservice
OAKBROOK TERRACE - "Once Upon a -Mattress" is a fractured fairy tale best
known as Carol Burnett's first starring role on Broadway. Burnett went onto
stardom on television, though she never had another Broadway success.
Meanwhile, ''Once Upon a Mattress" lives on in regional theaters as a genially
Comic and facetious musical, now comfortably revived at the Drury Lane
...The trick in any revival is finding an actress in the Burnett mold, and
Drury Lane has found a delicious performer named Kristen Freilich to play
Winnifred in all her hoydenish charm- Freilich is a diminutive high-energy
young lady who dominates the stage with her comic exuberance. More
importantly, she doesn't go over the top, refusing to overdo Winnifred's
goofiness in search of cheap laughs. Plus, Freilich has a sterling voice. The
show suffers in the second act by her absence for all but two numbers...
"Ones Upon a Mattress" is a diversion, a savvy blend of whimsy and lighter than air romance. The Drury Lane revival isn't perfect, for the reasons given above, but Kristen Freilich is good enough to carry the show when she's on view.