The show’s title character, Deanna the Dilophosaurus, is a wonderful creature brought to life by Madcap Puppets. She’s huge and delivers big time. Kudos to Michael Galusick and Mandy Goodwin for their expert skill operating the puppet and giving her a “darling” personality.
Laura Berkemeier is Artemis Alice Lattimer, “Artie,” whose unabashed gleeful enthusiasm for paleontology sabotages her human relationship with her more serious girlfriend, Claudia Betting (Sara Kenny). Artie takes drastic measures as she desperately tries to prove to Claudia that she can “care about another living being.” Andrew Ian Adams and Cassidy Steele round out the cast. Kenny as Artie’s love interest and Adams as Artie’s best male friend give strong performances. With Steele, they are hilarious in additional roles as the story unfolds.
Nevertheless, the star is “the obscure dinosaur for most of its existence,” according to the program notes, “until Jurassic Park brought this theropod to the main stage.” Often misunderstood — did it have feathers or not? — the Dilophosaurus in this production wins your heart. And a bonus: You’ll learn to pronounce Dilophosaurus correctly!