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Lula Del Ray

From 7 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious

About the show

Manual Cinema combines shadow puppetry, film techniques, and live music in this mythic reinvention of the coming-of-age story. Part of the Public Theater's Under the Radar festival. More…

Inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, and Patsy Cline, and told almost entirely without dialogue, 'Lula del Ray' is the story of a lonely adolescent girl who lives with her mother on the outskirts of a vast satellite field in the mid-20th-century American Southwest. After a chance encounter over the radio, Lula becomes obsessed with a soulful country music duo, the Baden Brothers. Inspired by their music, she runs away from home and into a world of danger, deception, and disappointment. 

Member Reviews (7)


Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious
Avg Score

Charming, Exquisite, Delightful, Great staging, Beautiful live music

See it if you are open to new forms. Unlike anything I have seen before a delightful combination of live performance, drawings & stick puppets.

Don't see it if you are expecting a traditional theatrical experience. This is unique and charming but it is preformed without words to live music.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if see it for the incredible means of storytelling. The use of puppetry and overhead projector is incredible. Unlike anything I've ever seen.

Don't see it if you are essentially watching a silent film (with a beautiful live score) but there is no dialogue and the narrative does drag a little bit.

Absorbing, Cute, Technologically exciting

See it if you enjoy a fun story of a young girl and her big dreams / enjoy seeing the behind the scenes of shadow puppet storytelling

Don't see it if you want to see a play - it is much more a cinematic experience - or if you want something with a meatier plot

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Refreshing, Exquisite

See it if You love movement. You like compelling stories and are open to no dialogue. You like exploring the craft of theater.

Don't see it if You only like traditional theater. You are looking for a show with dialogue. You aren't open to anything new.

Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Masterful

See it if you're interested in unusual techniques with animation, shadow, puppets. You've literally never seen anything like this before I guarantee

Don't see it if you lack imagination or wonder. You like dialogue (there's none)

Also Incredible, amazing story combined with absolute mastery of techniques... Read more Read less

Delightful, Clever, Slow, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if you're in the mood for something light and unconventional.

Don't see it if you want to see something that will shake you to the core.

Also What we get here is 2 shows in 1: a shadow play on the wall and a meti... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You love special effects

Don't see it if You are easily overwhelmed

January 6th, 2017
"A perspective-melting world...Dreamy in all senses of the word. It tells its story in the twilight zone between shadow and substance...The production features all sorts of ingenious handmade equivalents for cinematic effects: close-ups, long shots, pans...It is a crucial part of this production’...
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January 6th, 2017
"The Manual Cinema folk from Chicago (they presented 'Ada/Ava' here last year) work their lo-fi shadow-puppet magic with 'Lula Del Ray,' another of their exquisite live-created films. They've refined their techniques to an astonishing edge...There's less risk in 'Lula' than there was in 'Ada,' an...
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January 6th, 2017
"Almost anything a film can do, Manual Cinema can match...The tale of Lula's wanderings is consistently engaging, and, there isn't a single wasted image in the telling. Charlotte Long and Sara Sawicki play Lula and her mother; each has mastered the knack of signaling an emotion with a single shad...
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January 8th, 2017
"How it’s told is really more important than what it tells. Too bad neither how nor what is completely satisfying...The screen images we see are often striking, sometimes clever, but ultimately they’re just pretty pictures. Watching the puppeteers create the images is a more rewarding exercise bu...
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