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Flight (FringeNYC)

From 9 critic and 50 member reviews
Members say: Enchanting, Clever, Entertaining, Delightful, Original

About the show

A FringeNYC Encore: Acrobats morph into cacti, waves, and far-off islands in this adventurous sequel to 'The Little Prince.' More…

After a critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe, 'Flight' made its NYC debut at FringeNYC. Set amidst the chaos of World War II, 'The Little Prince' is a timeless story about learning to see with the heart, and finding the courage to fly. These themes inspired physical theater company Curbside to create 'Flight,' a sequel with an acrobatic twist. Six years after the original, the Pilot has forgotten the Little Prince’s secret, so he embarks on a quest to find his lost friend and remember the secret. However, nothing is as he remembers: planets are islands, the rose is a cactus, and the Little Prince is a tiny girl who proclaims that girls can be princes, too.

0h 45m | Already closed | Barrow Street Theatre (West Village)

Best New York Comedy

“An endlessly inventive three-person acrobatic musical/dance fable springboarding off classic children’s book ‘The Little Prince.’ Written by Ezra LeBank, choreographed & directed by Olivia Treviño, and starring Ezra LeBank, Taylor Casas, and Cynthia Price, the show is magic, with a heart as big as the ocean and perspectives that might stay with you for a lifetime...Has my highest recommendation.” Full Review

Nitelife Exchange

"Brilliantly and lovingly created…As the three performers float, fly, balance, and billow, they twist and turn and turn into the many characters with their bodies and voices, deftly directed with discretion by Olivia Trevino. The affection for the key parts and details of the story and its sensibilities is remarkable and delightful. Like the original tale and the original prince, 'Flight' is pure of heart and pure enchantment." Full Review

The New York Times

"FringeNYC does not do classics without a spin, so Ezra LeBank’s 'Flight' is a sequel to, rather than an adaptation of, 'The Little Prince.' This family-friendly display of whimsical physical theater imagines a girl Prince who wanders from island to island for no good reason, and the show makes ingenious use of three actors’ bodies." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"Children and adults alike will delight in the charming acrobatic adventure...'Flight' takes the unique imagery from the beloved French story and turns it into a beautiful 50-minute movement piece full of intertwined bodies, mime and vocal sound effects...Fans of 'The Little Prince' as well as those who have never read the book will still be entertained by the symbiosis between the three performers." Full Review

New York Theater

"The story is amusing and fanciful. But I personally could have appreciated 'Flight' just as much had it been performed in silence. That way I could have avoided what seemed at times the distraction of the narration and concentrated on the dancing — or, to be more specific, on the sublime creations that come to life through nothing more than physical movement full of gracefulness and invention." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"Stunning acrobatics carry us seamlessly through the story. Effortlessly transitioning through flips, suspensions, and human towers, the company evokes 'Flight’s' sea, sky, and desert landscapes and the plants, animals, vehicles, and people within them...A little more time spent with particular characters might strengthen its overall effects. Nonetheless, Curbside takes us on a delightful journey, inviting us to briefly abandon preconceptions, see with our hearts, and join them in 'Flight.'" Full Review

The Absent Reviewer

for a previous production "A visually stimulating and ethereal show...'Flight' is a combination of contact acrobatics and storytelling…There is a truly playful ingenuity in how these two forms meet on stage; reactionary and never gratuitous, the two complement each other perfectly…The script is delightful…LeBank’s writing gets under your skin and makes you smile...'Flight' is a clever and heartfelt adventure, performed brilliantly by a dedicated cast." Full Review

Dark Chat

for a previous production "Performed by three acrobats who portray both the characters (including a cactus) and the means to transport the aviator to his various destinations, this show is a visual treat. The fluidity and grace with which the performers moved the narrative along seemed effortless and the young audience was enthralled…'Flight' creates a sense of calm that is quite hypnotic...I occasionally found the plot a little difficult to follow...For a show to make the spirits soar, 'Flight' is highly recommended." Full Review

Primary Times

for a previous production "'Flight' took us on a whimsical journey from the innocence of childhood to the wonder of the world as seen through the eyes of an adult…Thanks to simple staging, our attention was held throughout by the narrator's distinct voice combined with the athletic poses created by the energetic trio of physical performers...'Flight' draws us into a magical hour where young and old alike can stretch their imaginations." Full Review

Absorbing, Enchanting, Masterful, Resonant, Original

See it if You love watching beautifully simplistic acrobatic theatre with a resonant and sweet story

Don't see it if You do not enjoy nuanced theatre or you knly love large spectacles.

Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, A gymnastic realization of the little prince

See it if you want to be transported be 3 actors who literally transport themselves

Don't see it if you're not adventurous and need your stories acted and not brought to life

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if physicality between acrobatics and dance appeals to you do not miss this. Willingness to suspend disbelief required. Good for all ages.

Don't see it if you hated The Little Prince, if you need concrete action & characters.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You love the Little Prince and family friendly thought provoking modern dance

Don't see it if You are looking for edgy stuff

Entertaining, Great staging, Absorbing, Clever, Delightful

See it if You're a fan of The Little Prince, acrobatics, storytelling. You want to watch three incredibly talented performers.

Don't see it if You prefer big sets/costumes. You'd be upset that parts of the retelling of The Little Prince get "tweaked" from the original.

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Original, Refreshing

See it if You are a Little Prince fan & want to see different ways to interpret the story, don't mind short plays and to see acrobatics w. a story

Don't see it if You can't stand any changes to the Little Prince storyline, hate hearing kids laugh in the audience or ask questions, or want a flashy show.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You enjoy simple stories told clearly and beautifully by talented actors.

Don't see it if You are expecting the exact story, word for word.

Entertaining, Great staging, Must see, Masterful, Unique

See it if storytelling combined with acrobatic modern dance. Three actors form amazing animals/objects while they relate the fable. Awestruck

Don't see it if You expect a traditional play. Dislike performance pieces. Do not have an imagination. Dislike Cirque de Soleil.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great staging, Original

See it if You enjoy fables and want to see wonderful acrobatics and good storytelling.

Don't see it if You expect a big acrobatics a la Cirque. This is a storytelling piece using bodies as vehicles for narrative.

Enchanting, Delightful, Great staging

See it if you enjoy utterly charming short plays with scenery/costumes/most props acrobatically formed by a small cast, and The Little Prince.

Don't see it if you only like big shows with alot happening on stage. Also, if you are too tired to use your imagination. Or dislike children.

Clever, Enchanting, Delightful, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy original stories light fun and whimsical with a 3 person cast

Don't see it if If you would like to see a full theatrical production I.e.- orchestra set design costumes etc. etc.

Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Clever

See it if You'd like a creative and fun take on a Petit Prince story. The acrobatics were on point and furthered the storytelling. Appealing cast.

Don't see it if You need a complex linear plot. It was short, about 45 mins.

Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Original, Delightful

See it if If you like the story of The Little Prince - you enjoy acrobats and unique storytelling that physicalizes the story.

Don't see it if If you want a duplicate of The Little Prince, if you Like elaborate sets and costumes and are not keen on acrobatics

Original, Sweet, Delightful

See it if You enjoy original shows where the storyline is cleverly illustrated through cirque-like acrobatics.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in shows that are for the young at heart, or don't enjoy shows encorporating acrobatics.

Delightful, Quirky, Cliched, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You like kid-friendly, intimate shows that retell The Little Prince through cute and funny acrobatics.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy shows based on movement that retell a well-known story.

Family-friendly, imaginative, playful, intelligent, charming

See it if you'd like to spend an intimate 45 min enjoying a Little-Prince inspired tale acrobatically enacted by tender & talented performers

Don't see it if Some children in audience queried aloud why this?or that? Some say the Little Prince is for adults. Seems like a nice conversation-starter

Enchanting, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if You're into "The Little Prince", acrobatics. Small theatre, and family-friendly shows...

Don't see it if Dislike all of the above

Clever, Absorbing, Enchanting, Original, Quirky

See it if You enjoy minimalist theater performed by talented contortionists. A spoken word story in the style of "The Little Prince." Beautifully told

Don't see it if Three actors on stage with almost no props doesn't do it for you. Good for kids 7+ who can grasp abstract concepts. It's a slow piece.

Sweet, Graceful, Derivative

See it if You enjoy The Little Prince; you want to see something short and sweet; you don't need big production value

Don't see it if you want something that builds on The Little Prince - it's more a reimagining/pastiche than a continuation of/sequel to the work

Lovely, dancie, creative, flowing

See it if you enjoy a sweet dance team

Don't see it if you have little patience for a sweet story told through dance

Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if You like dance and the little prince.

Don't see it if Don't enjoy simple stories with important messages.

Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you like plays and dance. Actors tell the story through movements very effectively.

Don't see it if you need more than three actors on a bare stage to imagine the world

This is children's theatre, but adults will be mildly entertained., Some creative parts and the cast is good., Dancers are gentle and suited for this production., Fanciful tale which may be too slow for very young kids., Sweet, but not overly so.

See it if Interesting retelling of The Little Prince, but possibly too existential for very young and not compelling enough for older kids.

Don't see it if You are expecting Cirque de Soleil-level acrobatics or dance, a fully-realized show, something profound. It's pleasant enough but not great.

Also There were some very lovely moments in this show, but it felt repetiti... Read more Read less

Charming, Original, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Great acrobatics

See it if you like The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, you like acrobatics, you like short and low key, sweet plays.

Don't see it if you don't like The Little Prince, you're not in the mood for something earnest and thoughtful, you want a bigger budget production

Clever, Entertaining, Athletic, Thoughtful, Enchanting

See it if you like The Little Prince and you are interested in different interpretations.

Don't see it if you like The Little Prince so much that it would make you angry to see any reinterpretation of the story.

Cast & Creatives (10)