Thanks to my kind neighbors, we went to see the Brandywiners' performance of the musical "Annie" at Longwood Gardens on July 31. I rarely give standing ovations, but this show was worth it: funny and well done, with terrific acting, singing and dancing and, of course, a well-trained dog. The scene where President Franklin Roosevelt orders his gloomy Cabinet to sing Annie's optimistic "Tomorrow" song had me doubled over with laughter. To top it off, Longwood's Open-Air Theatre is a great venue, with a pleasant and efficient staff of ushers and helpers, and we were fortunate enough to have a perfect evening for an outdoor event. Every seat was taken, and I was happy to see a lot of kids at the show, including an adorable little girl next to us in a party dress and a big bow in her hair.