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An Entertaining Look at Old Testament Tales

September 23, 1989|ELLEN MELINKOFF

In "From Babylon to Nineveh" opening today at the Back Alley Theatre in Van Nuys, Putnam Lee turns the Old Testament into a one-man show.

Sitting center stage with his guitar, Lee tells the audience about Adam and Eve, Noah and the Ark, the Tower of Babel, Daniel in the lion's den and more--all on a level that will appeal to youngsters age 2 and up.

The focus is on the literary and mythological aspects of the Bible rather than the religious. Commissioned by the Back Alley, the show has no religious point of view, presenting the stories in an entertaining way.

Lee, a former Christy Minstrel, runs a nursery school in Santa Barbara where he has learned what makes kids listen--and laugh. He includes plenty of audience participation in the 50-minute show, teaching youngsters songs and even inviting them on stage to do a few dance steps.

The stage is set with a huge tent and Lee encourages the youngsters on stage to sing louder about the walls of Jericho, with surprising results.

Performances are scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays, today through Oct. 29, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $6.50. The theater is located at 15231 Burbank Blvd. For reservations, call (818) 780-2240.

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