See it if wacky, creative Fringe piece. Highly atmospheric, but gets stale. Both performers can sing/act. A step-up from campfire ghost stories.
Don't see it if you want a polished, coherent experience. Visuals were not great. The dreams are, eventually, annoying. Underlying real story fascinates.
See it if You’re intrigued by shadow puppets and projections used to tell a story.
Don't see it if You hope for the story to be very exciting. In the total darkness it felt a lot like a bedtime story and it was hard to stay awake.
"Freaky, weird, macabre, lurid, grisly, morbid, ghoulish and ghostly. What a tale they tell!...If 'puppets' is a scary word to you, it’s not a puppet show, don’t be afraid of that. Be afraid of the story they have to share with you. Be very afraid...The threads are all interwoven with lights and shadow, music, song, sound effects and superb storytelling. You will come out of the theater wide awake and worrying about your next night’s sleep."
“A dandy little ghost story. Strickland and MacDonald, Fringe vets and ace storytellers, use song, puppetry and light — such clever use of light — to set the creepy mood...The opening sequence that lays out the story doesn’t have quite the right tone...But stick with this, and let the fear grow as the dreams go by...There was not a peep during this spellbinding performance — even when all the lights went out.”
“The show is not really about the 13 stories...Each isn’t a full narrative but is instead either a musical interlude, an absurdist dream or nightmare...A couple of them are quite well-developed and truly chilling...But it’s the linking story that’s the best part...Not only did MacDonald and Strickland create this show...but they do just about everything themselves, from singing to narrating to executing the wizard-like shadow and flashlight effects with precision. Their artistry will haunt you.”