from left: Korja Giles, Ryan Martin Holmberg and Ted Ryle, photo by David Nowitz, courtesy Olympia Family Theatre
Flora & Ulysses, based on the children’s book of the same name by Kate DiCamillo, is a children’s story that appeals to people of all ages. With phrases like “a capacious heart” and “loneliness makes us do terrible things," and such sophisticated concepts as temporary blindness caused by trauma and being a self-declared cynic as a way of hiding insecurity, the wit and wisdom of this play is beyond the grasp of many children. On the other hand, it has the virtue of not talking down to children, who might be wiser than we give them credit for. Plus, the wild antics of the actors on stage at Olympia Family Theater appeal to all children and the child in all of us.