If happiness, for some, is yet another revival of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," the new Jess Moody Theatre aims to accommodate. Its production of Clark Gesner's musical is careful, clean--and utterly familiar.
Charles Schultz's cartoon-strip is faithfully reproduced, from snoopy's doghouse to Schroeder's bust of Beethoven--director John Lewis, credited with set and costume design, keeps things simple on the small, tiered stage.
The actors delineate the "Peanuts" characters with varying degrees of success, fighting against the stretch it takes to believe that real adult people, wearing oversize T-shirts and short pants, are actually small round-headed cartoon kids. Two of the cast succeed very well. Peter Marc is an endearing Charlie Brown, always one step behind, bewildered, but not defeated, by a world where nothing seems to go right.
Flip Kobler's Linus, possessor of sweet wisdom ("happiness is tying your shoes for the first time"), sees his world, and his blanket-dependency, clearly.