During this steaming summer that only an ogre could love, Moonlight Stage Productions’ Shrek: The Musical is the next best thing to air conditioning. You can relax under the stars in Vista and thoroughly enjoy the song-studded antics of Shrek, Princess Fiona and that wise-ass ass merely named Donkey. You don’t have to be a kid, either. Ironically, the third show in Moonlight’s summer season (after the jukebox muscial All Shook Up and the very sweet The Music Man) may be geared to children, but Shrek’s the most satisfying so far for adults. Kiddies may wonder what’s so funny after some of the one-liners, but you won’t be. And everyone should enjoy the first-rate sets and costumes, and winning performances from T.J. Dawson as the big green guy, Cornelius Jones, Jr. doing Donkey duty, Marc Ginsburg as Lord Farquaad and Michelle London as the grown-up Fiona. With little ones in mind, this show could have been a couple of numbers shorter (sorry, fairytale characters), but it’s hard to quibble with a hit, and you never argue with an ogre.
David L. Coddon is theater critic for San Diego CityBeat