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Pleasant, Wry And Cheerful

Theatre: ‘Once Upon a Mattress’
Cathy Lee-Visscher as an exasperated Queen Aggravain and Don Dolan as King Sextimus the Silent in “Once Upon a Mattress.” Photo courtesy The Ghent Playhouse

The year is 1428 and no one in court may marry until Prince Dauntless does. And since his mother, Queen Aggravain, nixes every prospective bride with impossible-to-answer quizzes, wedded bliss has ground to a halt (although other aspects of a happy union appear to thrive). 

From here, “Once Upon A Mattress” — a leisurely song-and-dance-version of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea” — spins out pleasantly, and sometimes wryly, at The Ghent Playhouse.

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