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The Way Back Home

From 3 critic and 1 member reviews
Members say: Delightful, Absorbing, Riveting, Great staging, Charming

About the show

New Victory Theater presents a puppet adaptation of Oliver Jeffers' picture book of the same name, about a young boy's outer space adventures. Best for audiences ages 3 to 5.  More…

When a boy discovers a single-propeller airplane in his bedroom, he does what any young adventurer would do: flies into outer space! When the plane begins to sputter and quake, our intrepid explorer must execute a daring landing on the moon. But never fear, he is not alone up there. Featuring imaginative puppets, original music, and no dialog.

0h 45m | Already closed | The New Victory Theater (Midtown W)

No More Workhorse

for a previous production "This enchanting a piece about conquering the fear of the unknown...When it began it was so mesmerizing that I actually felt tears springing to my eyes. The opening section is inspired by the aesthetics of the book, whilst not actually being part of the original story...The original music and evocative design of Teater Refleksion’s Mariann Aagaard made this beautiful and imaginative story come alive on stage...Any fan of Jeffers work, either young or old, this is a must see." Full Review

Irish Times

for a previous production "The tone of Jeffers’ whimsical story is greatly enhanced by the emotional expressiveness of the two central characters while a subtle original soundtrack enhances the lunar landscape...If there is any flaw in this beautiful, touching and playful production, it is the over-estimation of the expected audience’s level of engagement. 'The Way Back Home' is pitched at a 3+ audience, but the abstracted aesthetic is too much for a preschool demographic to take on." Full Review

The Irish Independent

for a previous production "A simple, wordless show...The puppets are perfect embodiments of their paper selves and the gentle eloquence of the story is bewitching. My eldest, now seven, and her twin sisters, aged four, loved it (though found it very slightly too long)." Full Review

Absorbing, Delightful, Great staging, Charming, Riveting

See it if you have a toddler. Just beautiful puppetry. Quiet, precise, magical. Aunties, grandparents, parents, and kid were all equally enthralled.

Don't see it if you don't like Oliver Jeffers or his explorations of loneliness & friendship. You prefer spectacle. Otherwise see it. New Vic does it again!

Cast & Creatives (14)