First Look Review: Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

by Olivia Maldonado

I was honored to see the play “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse” at First Stage on its preview night on May 12th. I had read the book before seeing the play and I think the play did an outstanding job being just like the book with some added things to it.



The play started out by giving me a good idea of Lilly’s family and friends. It was nice to see Julius as a baby and how Lilly’s family was. There was a nice touch of Lilly’s father having magic. That was a neat characteristic to add. I also liked that the play added band aids to symbolize bravery and that they had a secret language. There were “bullies” that were not in the book but it added a nice story line. Lilly’s imagination was also an important part of the play. I thought it was important to show her imagination because we got to learn more about her.


I loved the props on the back of the stage and the oversized uncooperative chair. The big props were easy to see. I really liked how the purse actually played music.

The play did a really good job following the story. There were so many exact things in the play that were in the book. Things like the sharpened pencils, Friday fish lunch, erasers and noisy shoes were all mentioned in the play. The play also included the light bulb lab, the teacher’s shirts and ties and even his glasses on a chain. The pictures done in the light bulb lab looked exactly like in the book. I heard many lines that included “Wow!” which was also part of the book.

Lilly’s costume was adorable and she did a good job bringing Lilly the mouse to life. I really liked how dramatic the play was when Lilly bought the purse and found out that it played music. I thought it was cool that the purse came from the ceiling and it had lights in it.

The play was funny and cute. Thank you for allowing me to see this play and write a review on it.


LILLY'S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE continues through June 12, 2016.


Olivia is an 11-year-old student who has taken classes at Oak Creek Performing Arts and First Stage. She likes that acting classes give her confidence when speaking in school and wanted to do First Look to see if the plays that First Stage does are like the books they're based on. We're glad she gave us this wonderful review!

1 comment:

Betsy Corry said...

Bravo Olivia! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Lilly with other First Stage friends.

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