This “Bee” Flies High

Posted April 22, 2010 by Jimmy Fowler in Blotch

This week’s ”Stage” review declares that Theatre Arlington’s current production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is spelled “h-i-t.” If you’re looking for something that’s both light and scalpel sharp — especially when it portrays the pressures and indignities suffered by kids in competition for adult approval – then head over to TA. (This is also the perfect production for theater newbies who’ve been wanting to see a show but haven’t yet taken the plunge). Putnam County Spelling Bee puts me in mind of the superb – and far more sober – Oscar-nominated 2002 documentary Spellbound, about eight kids from diverse backgrounds shooting for the championship trophy at a prestigious national bee.


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